Palo Alto, Calif. Stanford broke open a close game with a seven-run fifth inning and defeated Kansas University, 10-4, in college baseball Saturday.
Colby Wright went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs for KU, and Rudy Karre and Joven Afenir had doubles.
Stanford led 3-2 entering the fifth before pulling away with its big inning.
“I think you’re in trouble anytime you have to make three pitching changes in an inning,” KU coach Ritch Price said. “The game got away from us as we went from one guy to the next. The next thing you know is they have seven runs on seven hits. If you pitch poorly in an inning, it escalates into worse things that happen in a game.”
Kansas (7-10) and Stanford (9-5) will meet in the series finale at 2 p.m. today.
Kansas 200 000 200 — 4 8 3
Stanford 201 070 00x — 10 13 0
W — Chris Castellanos (2-1). L — Blake Goldsberry (0-2).
2B — Rudy Karre, Joven Afenir, Colby Wright, KU; Alex Dunlap, S. 3B — Tommy Edman, S.
KU highlights — Wright 3-for-4, 2 RBIs; Karre 2-for-3, run; Michael Tinsley 1-for-3, 2 runs, RBI; Joe Moroney 1-for-3, RBI.