Chris Castellanos and Colton Hock combined on an eight-hitter, Jack Klein homered and Stanford earned a valuable road victory over host Utah, 4-2, in Pac-12 Conference baseball action Saturday.
The conference-leading Utes scored twice in the bottom of the first and never crossed home plate safely the rest of the game as the Cardinal (25-20, 11-12 in Pac-12 play) won its fourth in five games.
Two innings later, Klein launched a ball to deep left field. The solo shot was his third home run in the last five games, and tied the game at 2.
In the sixth, sophomore Quinn Brodey extended his career-best hitting streak to nine games with a one-out single. Junior Alex Dunlap followed with a line drive that skipped to the wall in left center and scored Brodey from first to give Stanford the lead.
Dunlap touched home when freshman Duke Kinamon poked an opposite-field single through the right side to give Stanford a 4-2 lead.
Castellanos (7-2) was in the midst of five scoreless innings after giving up the two in the first. He pitched into the seventh for the sixth straight start. He allowed two earned runs in 6 2/3 innings, scattered eight singles and struck out three.
Hock got the last out in the seventh, stranding a pair of Utes, and finished with two perfect innings to earn his fourth save of the season.
The rubber match of the series is scheduled for Sunday at noon.
It was a moment out of some Hollywood fairy tale, when the heroines, against all odds and in the gloomiest of times, somehow mange to do something so extraordinary, it seems unbelievable.
Three seniors played their final game in a Stanford uniform on Saturday. The final score proved irrelevant to the magic of the third inning.
The Cardinal lost the game, just as it has in every other Pac-12 Conference contest. Not once did any Stanford player refuse to play anything but their best.
In the third inning, senior catcher Jessica Plaza came to the plate against her former batterymate, Madi Schreyer, who transferred to Washington after last season to be closer to home. Fellow seniors Kayla Bonstrom and Kaitlin Schaberg were on base.
Schreyer delivered, Plaza swung and -- cut to the scene in The Natural when the ball travels in slow motion and knocks out a bank of lights -- hit her first home run of the season, allowing the three seniors to share a special moment at home plate.
Plaza added a sacrifice fly for a career high four RBI. The homer gave the Cardinal a 4-2 lead, which held until the fifth.
The Cardinal (13-35, 0-24 Pac-12) finished with five runs on four hits, while the 13th-ranked Huskies (36-13, 16-8 Pac-12) scored 10 runs on 10 hits with one error.
Bonstrom completed her collegiate career on an eight-game hitting streak, extending it with her third-inning single. Schaberg drew a walk to help set up the fairy tale moment.
Sophomore Lauren Wegner hit a double in the second and then scored when designated player Molly Fowkes reached on an error.
Washington put up five runs in the top of the fifth before Plaza caught Taylor Van Zee trying to steal second to end the rally.
Plaza's sacrifice fly scored Schaberg, again.