SEATTLE – Stanford scored four times in the first inning and never looked back in beating ninth-ranked Washington 6-3 Sunday to salvage the final game of a three-game series at Husky Ballpark. The loss snapped a streak of 14-straight wins on Saturdays and Sundays for Washington (24-7-1, 12-3).
On the positive side, the Huskies reached the halfway mark of Pac-12 play with a one-game lead over Oregon State (27-7, 11-4) and have won each of five Conference series so far this season. The Huskies have won 21 of their last 24 games.
Stanford (12-16, 4-8) left-handed starter John Hochstatter (4-1) kept the Huskies in check for most of the game and made a 6-0 lead stand.
The Cardinal jumped all over Huskies’ starter Jeff Brigham in the first inning, hacking at pitches early in the count and more often than not, inflicting damage. Lead-off hitter Alex Blandino hit the first pitch of the game through infield to start a merry-go-round for the Cardinal.
The big blows were in the inning were provided by Austin Slater, who had a two-run single, and Brant Whiting, who had a two-out, two-run double.
The Cardinal tacked on two more runs in the third on a Zach Hoffpauir sacrifice fly to score one and Alex Dunlap single through a drawn in Husky infield to score the other run.
Brigham lasted only 5 1/3 innings and gave up season highs in both hits (7) and runs (6). He did record a season-high five batters, but was saddled with his first loss of the season, dropping to 4-1.
Washington got a run back in the fourth and two more in seventh, both on long balls, to cut the lead in half. Robert Pehl hit his fourth home run of the season in the fourth and Austin Rei supplied a 2-run shot, his first of the season, to make the score 6-3.
Those were all the runs they would muster off Hochstatter and reliever AJ Vanegas. The junior went seven innings in his first start of the season, striking out seven Huskies and allowing five hits.
Vanegas pitched the final two innings to pick up his third save.
Washington totaled just six hits on the day and no batter had more than one hit. Pehl finished the series 6-for-12 at the plate, while Brian Wolfe, who entered the game leading the Pac-12 with a .396 average, went 1-for-4.
The Huskies will host Northern Colorado Monday at Husky Ballpark with first pitch scheduled for 5:00 p.m. PT, before hitting the road for a three-game series at California, Thursday-Saturday.
#9 Washington 3, Stanford 6
STAN 402 000 000 –- 6 8 0
WASH 000 100 20x –- 3 5 2
Jeff Brigham, Will Ballowe (6), Brandon Choate (8), Troy Rallings (9) and Austin Rei. John Hochstatter, AJ Vanegas (8) and Brant Whiting. W – Hochstatter (4-1). L – Brigham (4-1). Sv – Vanegas (3). HR – UW, Robert Pehl (4), Austin Rei (1). 3B – none. 2B – STAN, Brant Whiting, Zach Hoffpauir (2); UW, Braden Bishop. Time – 2:33. Attendance – 1,460.