#16 Stanford 9, UW 4

SEATTLE - Austin Yount overcame a three home run third inning to record his first complete game of the season and give the 16th ranked Stanford Cardinal a 9-4 win over Washington in the opener of a season-ending three-game Pac-10 series at Husky Ballpark.

With the win Stanford improved to 13-9 in the Pac-10 and 32-20-2 overall while Washington dropped to 10-12 and 32-21.

The Cardinal wasted no time getting to Husky starter Jorden Merry with three runs in the top of the first inning. Cort Phelps led off the game with a solo homer on a 3-2 pitch. One out later Jason Castro singled and Brent Milleville drove a 2-1 pitch into the trees beyond the left field wall to make it 3-0.

A run in the top of the third made it 4-0. Joey August and Jason Castro singled and moved up a base on a wild pitch, with August then scoring on a groundout by Randy Molina.

The Huskies got all four of their runs in the bottom of the third via the home run to tie the game. Joey Dunn lined the first pitch from Yount leading off over the left field bullpen for his fourth homer of the season and a 4-1 game. After a fly out David Bentrott reached on an infield single and Andy Lentz followed with his sixth homer of the season over the Husky Fever logo in right field to cut the deficit to one. Kyle Conley then drove a 1-2 pitch just inside the left field foul pole for his 19th homer of the season and a tie game.

The Cardinal broke the tie with a run in the top of the fifth when August doubled, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly by Milleville.

Stanford broke the game open with four runs in the top of the sixth. Sean Ratliff doubled, stole third and scored on a fielding error by Brian Pearl. Phelps walked to put runners at first and second and August lined an 0-2 pitch from reliever Geoff Brown just over the wall in right field to make it 9-4.

Yount improved to 4-3 with the complete game. He allowed four runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out 10. Merry suffered the loss to drop to 8-2. He went five and two thirds innings, allowing eight runs, five earned, on eight hits and two walks while fanning seven.

The series resumes at 2 p.m. at Husky Ballpark Saturday afternoon. Jason Erickson will start for the Huskies.

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