March 3, 2017, 12:16 a.m.
Bubic fell to 1-2 on the season despite allowing just three earned runs in three outings. In Thursday’s matchup with the Longhorns, Bubic went 6.0 innings, allowing one unearned run on six hits, and tallied nine strikeouts. He left the mound with the Cardinal trailing 1-0, but Stanford’s bats failed to provide any support as Texas tacked on three insurance runs in the seventh and ninth innings.
Bubic opened the game with his usual firepower, striking out two of the first three batters for a 1-2-3 first inning. In the bottom of the inning, Stanford got on base with two outs as junior Quinn Brodey singled through the gap to left field, but a grounder from senior Alex Dunlap stranded Brodey. The Cardinal would not get another hit until the seventh inning.
The cracks in Bubic’s near-perfect command began to show in the second inning, as he walked the leadoff batter, Kacy Clemens, and gave up a single to advance the runner. Longhorns junior Travis Jones laid down a successful bunt, and a throwing error by third baseman Mikey Diekroeger allowed Clemens to score from second. Bubic then settled down, striking out the next two batters swinging and inducing a popup to end the inning.
The Longhorns maintained their 1-0 advantage until the top of the seventh, when senior right-hander Tyler Thorne gave up a solo home run to Texas leadoff man Zane Gurwitz, who went 2-for-4 with a sacrifice bunt on the night.
In the bottom of the seventh, Stanford attempted a comeback, but stranded both on base and remained hitless for the remainder of the game.
Texas added two more runs in the top of the ninth as the Cardinal loaded the bases before walking two straight batters. Jones grounded into a fielders’ choice to stop the bleeding, and Stanford was sat down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth to complete the shutout.
Tomorrow night, the Cardinal are back at it, facing off with Texas in the second game of this four-game home series. Junior lefty Andrew Summerville (1-0, 0.00 ERA) takes the mound for the second time this season. In his first start, Summerville pitched 6.0 hitless innings in Stanford’s first one-hitter since 2003. First pitch will be at 6 p.m., and the game will be livestreamed on GoStanford.com.
Contact Olivia Hummer at ohummer ‘at’ stanford.edu.