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Stanford tops Fresno St in NCAA tourney

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POSTED June 2, 2012 12:31 a.m.

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Mark Appel took a one-hitter into the seventh inning and settled for a four-hitter and Stanford beat Fresno State 9-1 in the first round of the Stanford Regional on Friday night.

Austin Wilson drove in three runs for the Cardinal, who have won 10 of their last 12 games. Kenny Diekroeger had two hits and drove in two runs, Danny Diekroeger and Eric Smith each had two hits and drove in a run and Brian Ragira also drove in a run.

Jordan Ludlow had two hits and Trent Garrison doubled in a run for Bulldogs, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. They had won eight of their previous 10 games.

Appel, who many feel will go early in Monday's major league draft, walked two and struck out 11, his eighth game of at least 10 strikeouts.

Bulldogs' starter Justin Haley (7-4) lasted 5 2-3 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits. He walked six, hit a batter and struck out five.

Appel's lone loss of the year came at Fresno State when matched against Haley.

Fresno State and the Cardinal have combined for 65 NCAA tournament appearances, 15 College World Series trips and three national titles.

Stanford meets Pepperdine in another matchup of former national champions on Saturday night.

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