College baseball: Stanford defeats Kansas State, 10-3, in NCAA regional
Mark Appel struck out eight and did not walk a batter and second baseman Lonnie Kauppila had four hits Friday to lead Stanford to a 10-3 victory over Kansas State in the opening game of an NCAA baseball regional at Cal State Fullerton.
Stanford (33-20) will play the winner of tonight's game between Fullerton and Illinois.
Stanford advanced to the winner's bracket game with a 16-hit attack to back Appel (6-6), a sophomore who had pitched only one other complete game this season. Appel gave up seven hits but kept the Wildcats off balance throughout the game.
Kansas State (36-24) committed five errors.
Kauppila, a high school standout at Crescenta Valley and Burbank, drove in two runs and scored twice.
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Photo: Stanford's Lonnie Kauppila (8) is greeted at home plate by teammate Sahil Bloom after scoring against Kansas State on a double by Kenny Diekroeger in the second inning Friday at Cal State Fullerton. Credit: Francis Specker / Associated Press