Conley's Ninth-Inning Blast Tops Stanford, 9-7

March 28, 2009

STANFORD, Calif. - A towering home run from Husky right fielder Kyle Conley broke a 7-7 tie in the ninth inning and led the Washington baseball team to a 9-7 win over Stanford Saturday at Sunken Diamond.

The Huskies improved to 10-13 overall and 1-1 in Pac-10 play with the win while the Cardinal fell to 6-11 and 2-3 in the conference.

The game, which featured a number of lead changes, went to the ninth inning tied at 7-7. After a leadoff double from Pierce Rankin, Stanford brought in Drew Storen to face Conley, who hit the second pitch he saw deep over the left-field fence for his ninth homer of the year.

UW freshman Aaron West (1-0) was brilliant in relief to earn the win. He came in with the Dawgs trailing 7-6 in the fifth and got all but the last out of the game, allowing two hits, both singles. The rigthy from Snohomish struck out four in his four innings of work. Andrew Kittredge came on and retired the only batter he faced to pick up the save.

Stanford reliever Max Fearnow (1-3), who's only hit allowed was the Rankin double, suffered the loss for the Cardinal, which scored six of its seven runs on homers.

The Huskies, who didn't manage a hit until the fifth inning on Friday, got started more quickly on Saturday. In the second, Troy Scott led off with a single and eventually scored on a two-out double from David Bentrott, giving the UW a 1-0 lead.

That lead was short-lived, however. In the bottom of the second, Toby Gerhart doubled and Brent Milleville followed with a homer to left. One out later, shortstop Jake Schlander homered to left, giving Stanford a 3-1 lead.

But, Washington went back on top in the top of the third. After loading the bases on two hits and a hit batter, Aaron Russell doubled into the left-field corner, clearing the bases and giving the UW a 4-3 edge.

The Huskies tacked on two more in the fourth on a Rankin sacrifice fly and a wild pitch that allowed a run to cross, increasing the lead to 6-3.

Stanford got two back in the bottom of the fourth on a solo homer from Gerhart and an RBI single from Schlander, cutting the gap to 6-5. In the fifth, another longball, this one a two-out, two-run homer from Zach Jones, put the Cardinal back on top, 7-6.

In the seventh, Washington moved into a 7-7 tie with a run. After Conley was hit by a pitch, Scott doubled and Conley came in on a groundout from pinch hitter Kevin Komstadius.

The series concludes with another 1:00 p.m. game Sunday, which will air live on KKNW AM-1150.

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference GameWashington 9, Stanford 7Washington    013 200 102 -- 9 11 0Stanford      030 220 000 -- 7 11 0Ben Guidos, Aaron West (5), Andrew Kittredge (9) andPierce Rankin. Jordan Pries, Michael Marshall (4), MaxFearnow (7), Drew Storen (9), Alex Pracher (9) and ZachJones. W - West (1-0). L - Fearnow (1-3). Sv - Kittredge(2) 2B - UW, David Bentrott, Aaron Russell, Troy Scott,Rankin; STAN, Min Moon, Toby Gerhart. HR - UW, Kyle Conley(9); STAN, Brent Milleville (1), Jake Schlander (1),Gerhart (1), Jones (3). T - 2:44. A - 1,535.
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