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Stunned in Washington

May 1, 2022

SEATTLE – No. 6 Stanford (25-14, 12-9 Pac-12) led 7-1 headed into the bottom of the fourth inning, but Washington (18-23, 8-16 Pac-12) scored five in the seventh to take a one-run lead and erased a 10-8 deficit with three runs in the ninth to earn an 11-10 walk-off victory on a bases-loaded wild pitch.

Nathan Fleischli, who ended the seventh inning on the hill for Stanford, pitched a scoreless eighth and came back out to work the ninth, but surrendered a leadoff single. Sophomore Ryan Bruno struck out the first man he faced afrter a pitching change, but proceeded to walk the next two to load the bases. The Cardinal turned to Tommy O'Rourke, but he was greeted by an RBI-single from pinch-hitter Colby Wallace, cutting the Cardinal lead to 10-9. Josh Urps would draw a hit-by-pitch on the ensuing play, knotting the tally at 10-10 before the first pitch to McKay Barney skipped away from Kody Huff and allowed the game-winner to come home.

Stanford got off to a great start offensively, scoring a run in the second and adding four more in the third – highlighted by back-to-back homers from Brock Jones and Carter Graham.

The home run was Jones' seventh of the year, while Graham launched his team-best 12th.

Stanford starter Quinn Mathews worked the first six innings and finished with a quality start, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts.

Bruno was saddled with the loss and fell to 3-1 after being charged with two runs.

Ryan Velazquez was credited with the victory after striking out a pair in one inning of work. The win pushed Velazquez to 1-0 on the season.

After surrendering the lead in the seventh inning, Stanford responded to reclaim a 10-8 advantage with three runs in the top of the eighth. A Drew Bowser single in front of an RBI-triple from Eddie Park tied the game, and Stanford added two more on RBI-singles from Tommy Troy and Graham.

Graham finished the game 3 for 5 and fell a triple shy of the cycle while driving in a pair. Troy also collected three hits while scoring twice.

Jones, hitting out of the leadoff spot went 2 for 3 with two runs scored, a pair of walks and three RBIs.

Stanford will look to rebound on Tuesday when it hosts UC Davis at 6:05 p.m.