A.J. Vanegas finished what Mark Appel started and it resulted in Stanford's 7-5 victory over visiting Washington in Friday's Pac-12 Conference baseball game.
Washington had two runners on and no outs in the ninth, but Vanegas was able to secure his fourth save as the No. 23 Cardinal picked up a win to open a three-game series at Sunken Diamond.
Appel (6-2) fanned seven Friday evening and surrendered three earned runs on seven hits to get the win. He moved to sixth on Stanford's all-time strikeout list with 320 punchouts to his name.
Vanegas fanned one Washington batter in the ninth after giving up three hits and one run.
Stanford (18-10 overall, 6-4 Pac-12) was out-hit by Washington, 10-9, but received multiple hits from three players and three runs from Austin Wilson.
Wilson went 1-for-2 with a double while seeing his first action in the field since the season-opener at Rice.
Washington built a 3-1 lead in the second before Wilson scored the first of his runs.
Appel settled in and had little trouble getting through the next four innings. Appel gave up an unearned score in the seventh.
Following a scoreless third, Stanford built its lead to 5-3 behind three runs and four hits in the fourth. The Cardinal even left three stranded in the inning.
Brant Whiting singled, Wilson doubled to left-center and Alex Blandino drove in a run with a single to center. Justin Ringo tacked on an RBI and Danny Diekroeger worked the count for a bases-loaded walk.
Lonnie Kauppila drove in a fifth-inning run and Ragira had another sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Vanegas surrendered three straight hits and one run in the ninth. With the tying run on second, Vanegas got two outs for the save.
The Cardinal has won eight of its last 10 after dropping six of seven prior to the latest run. Stanford won 10 of 12 to begin the season.
The series continues at 1 p.m. Saturday.