April 12, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - The Washington baseball team led early and mounted a ninth-inning comeback but Stanford scored in five of the first six innings and hung on as the Cardinal beat the Huskies, 7-5, Friday night at Sunken Diamond.
Stanford ace Mark Appel (6-2) pitched eight innings for the victory, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits while fanning seven. Husky starter Jared Fisher (0-2) also gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits over three innings in the loss.
UW senior Jayce Ray went 3-for-5 with two RBI and classmates Joe Meggs and Ty Afenir each had two hits to lead Washington (2-8 in the Pac-12, 8-23 overall), with Ray driving in two runs. Justin Ringo led the Cardinal (6-4, 18-10), going 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Trailing 7-4 in the ninth, the Huskies opened the inning with singles from Afenir, Ray and Ely, with Ely's driving in a run to cut the lead to two. But closer, A.J. Vanegas, who had come on to begin the inning, but a popout, a strikeout and a groundout to end the game and earn his four save.
Ray led off the game by lacing a triple to left-center. After an out, he scored on a wild pitch to give Washington the lead.
Stanford replied in the bottom of the first when Ringo led off with a single and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly from Brian Ragira, tying it at 1-1.
The UW continued, however, to get to Appel in the second. With Meggs and Braden Bishop aboard on singles, Ray came through with another big hit, driving a two-out single to score both runners, giving the Dawgs a 3-1 lead.
Again, the Cardinal answered. In the bottom of the second, Austin Wilson was hit by a pitch to open the inning. After a walk and a sacrifice bunt, he scored on a Ringo groundout, cutting the Washington advantage to 3-2.
Stanford took the lead in the fourth. Brant Whiting singled and Wilson doubled to lead off the inning. Alex Blandino singled to drive in one and, after an infield popout, Wilson scored on a Ringo single, moving the Cardinal in front, 4-3. The Cardinal would go on to load the bases with two outs and Danny Diekroeger drew a walk to force a fifth run.
In the fifth, Wilson walked and eventually scored from third on a Lonnie Kauppila groundout. In the sixth, Austin Slater singled and scored on another Ragira sacrifice fly to stretch it to 7-3.
Washington got a run in the seventh, loading the bases with no outs before getting a sacrifice fly from Ryan Wiggins.
The Huskies and Cardinal continue the series with 1:00 p.m. game Saturday and Sunday. Fans can watch live video on the Pac-12 website.
|Linescore - April 12, 2013|
|Stanford 7, Washington 5|