Huskies Fall To No. 6 Stanford, 5-2
April 5, 2012
SEATTLE - Sixth-ranked Stanford used a four-run fifth inning and a complete-game performance from starter Mark Appel to beat the Washington baseball team, 5-2, Thursday night at Husky Ballpark.
Appel, widely considered the favorite to be the first overall selection in the Major League draft this June, gave up two runs in the first, but held the UW scoreless the rest of the way for the victory, improving to 4-1 on the season. He allowed the two runs on four hits in his nine innings of work.
UW starter Aaron West (4-2) suffered the loss. In his five and one-third innings, he gave up four runs on eight hits. Zach Wright pitched three and one-third innings in relief, holding the Cardinal to one run on three hits.
Stanford improved to 18-6 overall and 3-4 in the Pac-12 with the win. Washington fell to 16-10 overall and 3-4 in conference play.
In the bottom of the first, the Huskies rallied with two outs to snag the early lead. Chase Anselment and Branden Berry drew walks and junior third baseman Jacob Lamb smashed a pitch off the fence in left-center field, scoring both runners ahead of him.
Stanford, which had managed just one hit through the first four innings, broke through in the fifth. Catcher Eric Smith led off with a single and, after moving to third on passed ball and a flyout, he scored on a single from Lonnie Kauppila. The Cardinal then loaded the bases on a walk and an infield single before a wild pitch allowed Kauppila to score from third. After a second out, Brian Ragira singled to right-center, driving in two more to give Stanford a 4-2 lead.
Meanwhile, after having allowed five of the first 10 Husky hitters to reach base, Appel settled in, retiring 15 in a row in a stretch from the third through seventh innings. Pinch hitter Mac Acker broke up the string, singling on the first pitch of the bottom of the eighth inning.
The Cardinal added a fifth run in the ninth on a two-out, RBI single from Austin Wilson.
The Huskies and Cardinal continue the three-game series with a 5:00 p.m. game on Friday and a 1:00 p.m. finale on Saturday.