STANFORD, Calif. – Freshman Andrew Daschbach and junior Matt Winaker delivered the clutch hits, and junior reliever Colton Hock took care of the rest as No. 18 Stanford evened the series with a 5-3 win over UCLA at Sunken Diamond on Friday night.
Daschbach came through with a two-out, pinch-hit, go-ahead RBI single in the third, and Winaker gave the Cardinal a cushion with a two-out RBI single in the sixth. Hock threw 3.1 scoreless innings in relief to improve to 5-0 on the season.
“You always need to have the next man up mentality,” said Daschbach, who recorded his first career multi-hit game after he replaced an injured Alex Dunlap. “I was just able to capitalize, and we came away with a big win to even the series tonight. I just can’t wait to get back to the yard tomorrow.”
Daschbach’s first hit came after UCLA took a 2-1 lead in the third. In the next half inning, Mikey Diekroeger hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game, and Daschbach came in to hit for Dunlap, who was hit in the hand by a pitch earlier in the game. With two out and two on, the Atherton, California, native dropped one into right center for the go-ahead RBI single.
The Bruins scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 3-3 in the sixth, and Hock entered the game with the go-ahead run on third. He needed just one pitch to get out of the jam as he forced a slow grounder to second.
Over the final three innings, Hock allowed just one hit and the Bruins never threatened again.
Meanwhile, Stanford (19-11, 5-6 Pac-12) got the decisive runs in the bottom of the sixth. Daschbach singled to start the rally and then back-to-back throwing errors on Stanford bunts loaded the bases. Daschbach scored the eventual winning run on a double play, and Winaker added the insurance with a line drive run-scoring single into right.
The Cardinal was ahead early when the offense capitalized on an error in the first. Sophomore Nico Hoerner grounded to third, but the ball was bobbled and he beat the throw to first. Quinn Brodey doubled to right, and Daniel Bakst‘s sacrifice fly gave the Cardinal a 1-0 lead.
UCLA (15-16, 8-6 Pac-12) took a short-lived lead in the third with an RBI groundout and a two-out double into the gap. But Daschbach’s hit came in the next half inning.
Junior starter Andrew Summerville threw 5.2 innings, walked just one and struck out five. Daschbach finished 2-for-3 with a run and RBI, while Winaker was 1-for-3 with a run, RBI and walk. Freshman Daniel Bakst was 1-for-2 with a walk and the sacrifice fly, and Brodey finished 1-for-3 with a run. Stanford was out-hit, 9-5.
Freshman Daniel Bakst has a hit in 15 of the last 16 games and all but one game in his career when he has at least three at-bats … Summerville struck out the side in the fourth inning for the second straight outing … Hock allowed six earned runs in 0.1 innings against Oregon State, but in his other 13 outings, he has allowed no runs in 26.1 innings this season and has struck out 14.
It’s Cardinalpalooza as a baseball caps an all-day event of Stanford sports on The Farm. Saturday is also Honoring Our Heroes Day at Sunken Diamond where all troops receive free admission, and Condoleezza Rice will throw out the first pitch. Game time is set for 4 p.m. on Pac-12 Network.
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