Stanford No. 2 earns ticket to Men’s College World Series


STANFORD, California. –Stanford’s No. 2 baseball advanced to the College World Series in Omaha for the 18th time in program history with a 10-5 win over UConn Monday at Sunken Diamond. The Cardinal, now 47-16 this season, will face Arkansas on Saturday at Charles Schwab Stadium at 11:00 a.m. PT.

The Huskies took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first with a single, a single, a hit per pitch and a punt double before an out was recorded. Drew Dowd would come in relief and escape further damage with an end-of-inning double play with the bases loaded to keep the deficit at three. Stanford’s powerful offense bounced back with two runs in the half, as Brock Jones scored on a sack fly and Braden Montgomery scored on a two-out Kody Huff brace.

Huff was 3-for-4 in the game with five RBIs as his fourth-inning Grand Slam opened the game.

Dowd settled the tide on the mound, holding the Huskies scoreless for three innings of work and allowing the Cardinal offense to hit, which they did in the bottom of the fourth for six runs. Tommy Troy and Eddie Park started the fourth with singles, and after an error moved them one base each, Adam Crampton drove them home with what turned out to be the winning single and a lead. of 4-3.

After two straight outs, Brett Barrera singled and Montgomery walked to charge the bases, before Huff landed on a Grand Slam monster to left field to blow up the play and give the Cardinal their 8-3 lead.

For the second game in a row, Quinn Mathews recorded a nine-out save, as Ryan Bruno closed the three-inning gap between Dowd and Mathews. The left-handed Stanford pitching trio that recorded all 27 outs on Monday allowed just eight hits and two runs to a high-powered UConn offense.

For his effort, Bruno was credited with the win and moved up to 6-1. Mathews, who has struck out four in the last three frames, converted his ninth save of the year.

With Monday’s victory, Stanford has now qualified for the College World Series in each of the six seasons it has hosted a super regional. The Cardinal is also 10-0 in playoff games played at the Sunken Diamond.


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