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Four-Run Eighth Delivers Win

Feb 27, 2021

STANFORD, Calif. – Senior Tim Tawa broke a 6-6 tie in the eighth inning with a two-out RBI-single into right field, and sophomore Kody Huff added a three-run home run later in the frame, as Stanford (3-0) scored four times in the inning to beat Santa Clara (1-5) 10-6 from Sunken Diamond on Saturday.

Tawa, who finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBI, also delivered a tie-breaking RBI-single in the second inning when he punched a pitch into right field to chase home Brett Barrera and run the tally to 2-1 in favor of the Cardinal. Sophomore Brock Jones added to the lead one play later, lining a two-run home run out to right field to extend the lead to 4-1 through two frames.

The home run was Jones' second of the season, and the third of his career. Huff's home run, which gave Stanford breathing room headed into the ninth, was his first career round-tripper.

Santa Clara and Stanford traded a pair of runs in the third, with RBI-singles from Christian Robinson and Drew Bowser accounting for the Cardinal runs. Bowser, making his collegiate debut in a start at shortstop, finished 1 for 3 with the RBI. Fellow freshman Tommy Troy also recorded his first collegiate hit, jumping on the first offering he saw for a single to lead off the bottom of the first inning.

The Cardinal used six pitchers on Saturday, beginning with freshman Joey Dixon. Dixon logged the first 2 1/3 innings in his first career start, allowing three runs on three hits and four walks while striking out two. Redshirt senior Jonathan Worley contributed 1/3 of an inning before Nathan Fleischli surrendered a run over 1 1/3 innings of work. Dipping back into the bullpen, Justin Moore and Austin Weiermiller each contributed 1 2/3 innings of relief with two strikeouts before fifth-year senior Zach Grech tossed the final 1 2/3 innings.

Grech was charged with an unearned run that eventually drew the Broncos back even in the eighth, but Stanford's offense responded in the home half to push the Las Vegas, Nev. native into the win column. The right-hander retired the side in order in the top of the ninth, including striking out the final two he faced, to improve to 1-0 on the season.

Senior right-hander Travis Howard was saddled with the loss for Santa Clara after allowing the four eighth-innings runs. Howard's final line featured four runs allowed on three hits with five strikeouts over three innings of relief.

Stanford will look to collect a series sweep on Sunday when it travels back to Santa Clara for a noon first pitch from Stephen Schott Stadium.