Huskies Come Back Twice, But Fall To Cardinal, 8-6
April 7, 2012
SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team twice drew even after trailing 4-0 and 6-4, but sixth-ranked Stanford scored a pair of runs in the ninth in unusual fashion to beat the UW, 8-6, Saturday at Husky Ballpark.
The Cardinal won the series, two games to one, to improve to 19-7 overall and 4-5 in Pac-12 play. The Huskies fell to 17-11 and 4-5.
After the Huskies scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to tie the score at 6-6, the Cardinal got runners to first and third with one out thanks to a walk to Tyler Gaffney and a single from Austin Wilson. Stephen Piscotty then hit a ground ball to third, where third baseman Jacob Lamb fielded and threw home to get Gaffney, who found himself in a rundown.
In the course of the rundown, Gaffney and UW catcher B.K. Santy made contact and the home plate umpire ruled that Santy had obstructed the runner, awarding Gaffney the base to give Stanford a 7-6 lead. Later in the ninth, the Cardinal pulled off a double steal, with Wilson scoring to account for the final score of 8-6.
Piscotty (2-0), who started the game at third base and pitched the final two innings, picked up the victory, allowing two runs on four hits. UW closer Joshua Fredendall (0-1), who came on to begin the ninth inning, took the loss.
Washington had trailed 4-0 and 6-4 before tying the score. The Huskies scored two in the seventh to make it 4-4 and, after Stanford hit two solo homers in the eighth to move back on top, drew even with two in the bottom of the eighth.
Stanford scored the game's first run in the second inning as catcher Eric Smith doubled and scored on a two-out, bloop single from Kenny Diekroeger, giving the Cardinal a 1-0 edge.
In the third, the Cardinal loaded the bases with one out, thanks to a single and two walks. After a strikeout, Smith fouled off a number of two-strike pitches before singling through the right side to drive in a pair, stretching the lead to 3-0.
In the fourth, Diekroeger led off with a single and eventually came in to score on a double from Jake Stewart, making it a 4-0 lead.
In the fifth, the Huskies broke through for their first run. Andrew Ely reached on a one-out single and, after moving up on a groundout and a Jayce Ray single, he scored on a two-out hit from Joe Meggs. Washington went on to load the bases with two out, but Stanford starter A.J. Vanegas got a groundout to end the inning with Stanford's lead at 4-1.
The Huskies got another run back in the sixth when Santy reached on an infield single and advanced to second on an errant throw. He scored when Ely, a freshman second baseman, sent a two-out single up the middle, cutting the lead to 4-2.
The UW continued to chip away in the seventh. Ray led off the inning with a fly to center that was dropped for a three-base error. He came home on a ground ball to short from Meggs to cut the lead down to one run. The Huskies continued their attack, however, as a walk to Chase Anselment and a single from Jacob Lamb put two aboard for Branden Berry, whose two-out single past third base drove in Anselment to tie the score at 4-4.
The lead was short-lived, however, as Stanford first baseman Brian Ragira led off the top of the eighth with a solo homer to straightaway center field, putting the visitors back on top, 5-4. After two outs, Diekroeger hit a homer to right field, increasing the Cardinal lead to 6-4.
But Washington came back once more. In the bottom of the eighth, Ely led off with a single. After a pair of outs, Meggs was hit by a pitch and Anselment singled with a shot off of the pitcher's leg to load the bases. Caleb Brown came through, sending a double just fair down the third-base line, scoring two runs to tie the score. Anselment, however, was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first base and the game went to the ninth tied at 6-6.
Next up for Washington is a pair of non-conference games vs. Gonzaga Monday and Tuesday at Husky Ballpark. Monday's game begins at 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday's gets underway at 1:00 p.m.