PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The 19th-ranked Arizona State baseball team lost 9-5 on Sunday as No. 8 Stanford completed a three-game series sweep at Sunken Diamond.
James McDonald fell a home run short of the cycle and led the team with three RBIs, giving him seven total in the past four games. Andrew Aplin went 3 for 4 with a pair of runs scored.
The Sun Devils (24-16, 9-9) loaded the bases in the ninth inning and brought the tying run to the plate with one out, but consecutive strikeouts ended ASUs comeback bid.
Right-hander Alex Blackford (1-3) took the loss after conceding three runs on four hits in 1 13 innings.
Stanford right-hander Dean McArdle (3-0) earned the win after allowing one run on one hit in two innings. Right-hander AJ Vanegas recorded his first save of the season after throwing two scoreless innings.
McDonald hit a two-out RBI single in the first inning to score Aplin, who led off the frame with a base hit, to give ASU the early 1-0 lead. But Stanford...