Stanford Evens Series With 9-4 Win

April 20, 2002

SEATTLE - The No. 2-ranked Stanford baseball team overcame a 4-2 deficit and thenbroke it open late to beat Washington, 9-4, Saturday at Husky Ballpark, squaring the three-game Pac-10 series at one win apiece.

The Cardinal (27-9 overall, 5-3 in the Pac-10) scored two in the seventh to tie it at 4-4, thengot a run in the eighth to take the lead for the first time. Four runs in the ninth put the winaway. Senior reliever Dan Rich (1-0) struck out a career-high six batters to pick up thevictory. He threw four and two-thirds shutout innings, allowing only three hits and nowalks.

Washington (16-19-1 overall, 4-4 Pac-10) got four runs batted in from freshman catcherAaron Hathaway (Vancouver/Columbia River) to build a 4-2 lead. Hathaway drove in a runwith a single in the second, two more with a double in the third and a fourth with a singlein the fifth inning. He finished the day 3-for-4.

Stanford got to UW freshmen relievers David Dowling (Kirkland/Juanita) and Will Fenton(Kingston/North Kitsap) in the seventh and eighth. After an RBI triple from Danny Putnambrough the Cardinal within a run at 4-3, Chris O'Riordan grounded out to score Putnamwith the tying run in the seventh. In the eighth, a single from third baseman ArikVanZandt, a senior from Bellevue's Interlake High, drove in Brian Hall with the go-aheadrun.

An two-run triple from Hall and a pair of sacrifice flies in the ninth led to four Stanfordruns and put the game away.

UW starter Sean White (Mercer Island) was strong in his six-inning outing, but didn't getthe decision despite leaving the game with the 4-2 lead. The junior allowed two runs onseven hits.

Catcher Ryan Garko and designated hitter Jason Cooper each had three hits for theCardinal, with Cooper contributing two doubles.

The Huskies and Stanford close out the series Sunday at 1:00 p.m. as the UW completes anine-game homestand.

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference Baseball#2 Stanford 9, Washington 4Stanford       000 200 214 -- 9 17 1Washington     012 010 000 -- 4  9 0Tim Cunningham, Mark Jecmen (3), Dan Rich (5) and Ryan Garko. Sean White,David Dowling (7), Will Fenton (7), Brian Carter (8), Tyler Shepple (9) andAaron Hathaway. W - Rich (1-0). L - Fenton (1-2). 2B - SU, Jason Cooper 2, UW,Hathaway. 3B - SU, Danny Putnam, Brian Hall. T - 3:22. A - 936.
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