Stanford 6, #9 Washington 3

SEATTLE - Stanford scored four runs in the first inning and John Hochstatter and A.J. Vanegas made the runs stand up as the Cardinal beat the ninth ranked Huskies 6-3 in the finale of a three game Pac-12 series at Husky Ballpark.

The Huskies (12-3 Pac-12, 24-7-1) and Cardinal (4-8, 12-16) took to the diamond under bright sunny skies with Mount Rainier glistening in the distance on a late Sunday afternoon, and two hours and 38 minutes later, before 1,460 fans, the Cardinal emerged victorious.

The Cardinal snapped a four game Washington winning streak and also denied the Huskies their third Pac-12 series sweep of the season. Washington also lost for just the third time in 24 games.

Stanford wasted no time getting to Jeff Brigham (4-1) in the top of the first, swinging early in the count. In fact, six of the first seven batters put the first pitch they saw from Brigham in play.

Alex Blandino led off with a single to left. Brett Michael Doran then attempted to sacrifice him to second, but catcher Austin Rei mishandled the ball for an error, putting two runners on. Danny Diekroeger then moved up the runners with another sacrifice. Austin Slater took a ball and strike before plating two runs with a line single to center. Zach Hoffpauir grounded a single to right to give the Cardinal runners at first and third, and after Alex Dunlap popped up to second for the second out, Brant Whiting lofted a fly ball towards the left field corner that landed just fair for a double and two more runs, making it 4-0.

Those runs provided Hochstatter (4-1), making his first start of the season, all the support he would need. He gave up a solo homer to Robert Pehl, his fourth of the season, into the screen in dead center field in the bottom of the fourth and a two run homer to Austin Rei, his first of the season, on a line drive over the wall in the bottom of the seventh.

The Huskies also a chance to score right away in the bottom of the first when they got their first two runners on base on a double to left by Braden Bishop and a walk to Andrew Ely. Hochstatter, though, came back to strike out Pehl looking, retire Trevor Mitsui on a fly out to center, and get Brian Wolfe to ground out to second to end the inning.

He ended up going seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits while walking two and striking out seven. A.J. Vanegas pitched the final two innings to notch his third save of the season, allowing only a two out single to Wolfe in the ninth. He did not walk a batter and struck out two.

For the Huskies, Brigham suffered his first loss of the season, going five and two thirds innings, allowing six runs, only three earned, on seven hits. He did not walk anyone and struck out five.

After the first, Brigham pitched a perfect second inning, but Stanford got to him for two more runs in the third. Hoffpauir drove in one with a sacrifice fly to right and Dunlap drove in the other with a ground single to left.

The Huskies return to Husky Ballpark on Monday, April 14, for a non-conference game against Northern Colorado at 5 p.m. Then they resume the Pac-12 slate with a three game series at California April 17-19.


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