April 6, 2012
SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team scored in the first and never trailed as the Huskies beat sixth-ranked Stanford, 6-4, Friday night at Husky Ballpark to even the teams' three-game, Pac-12 series.
UW reliever Tyler Kane (2-0), who came on with two outs in the fifth and worked one and one-third scoreless innings, picked up the victory. Freshman starter Tyler Davis worked the first four and two-thirds, holding the Cardinal to one run on three hits.
Stanford starter Brett Mooneyham (5-2) suffered the loss, giving up five runs on nine hits over five and two-thirds. In his two previous career starts vs. Washington, he'd allowed just five hits and struck out 23 over a combined 15 innings. He entered Friday's game having given up just nine earned runs over 41.1 innings this season.
Washington (17-10 overall, 4-4 in the Pac-12) loaded the bases with no outs in the first as a pair of singles and a walk put runners at each base. Branden Berry grounded into a double play, but a run scored to stake the Huskies to a 1-0 lead.
In the third inning, Husky senior Caleb Brown drew a two-out walk and Berry followed by belting a two-run homer over the right-field fence, the second round-tripper of the year for the freshman from Escondido, Calif.
Stanford (18-7 overall, 3-5 Pac-12) didn't manage its first hit until the top of the fifth, when Austin Wilson laced a double down the right-field line. Catcher Eric Smith followed by bouncing a single up the middle to drive in Wilson, cutting the UW lead to 3-1.
In the sixth, the Huskies chased Mooneyham with a two-out rally. A single from Robert Pehl and a double from Jacob Lamb set the table for senior catcher B.K. Santy, who lined a pitch to shallow right. The Stanford right fielder, Wilson, tried to make a diving catch sprinting in, but couldn't come up with it cleanly, as both runners came home on the double from Santy, stretching the lead to 5-1.
In the seventh, the Cardinal chipped away. After loading the bases with no outs on a single and a pair of walks, a force at second scored one run and a two-out single from Stephen Piscotty drove in another, cutting the Husky advantage to 5-3.
The Huskies got a run back in the seventh as Jayce Ray doubled and then scored on a two-out single from Brown, moving the lead to 6-3.
Stanford fought back again in the eighth when back-to-back doubles from Smith and Alex Blandino scored another run. However, UW closer Joshua Fredendall came on to get the final out of the eighth and then pitched the ninth, striking out two, to pick up his sixth save.
Ray and Santy had three hits apiece to lead the Washington attack.
The series concludes Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. game.
|Linescore - April 6, 2012|
|Washington 6, #6 Stanford 4|