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Dunlap delivers game-winning homer in extra innings

 

Junior Alex Dunlap collected a career-high five hits, which included the game-winning home run in the 12th inning, to lead Stanford past host Washington, 8-7, on Saturday afternoon at Husky Ballpark.

Sophomore Quinn Brodey had two go-ahead hits, including the game-tying two-run triple in the ninth, and finished a single shy of the cycle. He drove in a career-high five RBI.


Alex Dunlap
Junior Tyler Thorne (3-2) pitched the final 6 2/3 innings to earn the win.

Stanford held leads of 2-0, 3-2 and 5-3, but the Huskies came back each time and took a 7-5 lead into the eighth.

Sophomore Matt Winaker led off the ninth with a single for the Cardinal, and Nico Hoerner walked. Tommy Edman grounded into a fielder's choice to put runners at the corners for Brodey, who smacked a line drive down the right field line. Edman scored the tying run all the way from first.

In the home half of the ninth, defensive replacement Jonny Locher made a game-saving catch to send the game into extra innings. With two on, Locher ran down and hauled in a deep fly ball just as he collided with the wall in right field at full speed.

Dunlap won it with a solo shot over the scoreboard. For the second straight day, the Cardinal hit three solo home runs.

As he did in the series opener, sophomore Mikey Diekroeger got the Cardinal offense going with a home run. He crushed the first pitch he saw over the wall in left center and Stanford led 1-0 in the second.

Stanford (28-22, 12-14 Pac-12) added to the lead in the top of the fourth. Dunlap singled up the middle and then scored when senior Austin Barr ripped a two-out double down the left field line for a 2-0 lead.

Junior starter Chris Castellanos took a shutout into the fifth inning and nearly got through the fifth before Levi Jordan hit a two-out, two-run home run.

In the sixth, Brodey blasted a homer off the batters eye in center field to put Stanford back on top. The Huskies tied it again with a solo home run.

Thorne entered with one out and two runners in scoring position. He needed just two pitches to retire two hitters and strand both runners to keep the game tied.

That set up Brodey's second go-ahead hit in as many innings. Hoerner singled with two outs, and Edman walked. Brodey then lined one into left center. The ball bounced off the glove of diving left fielder, London, and trickled to the wall. Both Cardinal scored for a 5-3 lead.

Washington (30-19, 15-11) came back to tie it again. Three singles scored two and knotted the game at 5-5.

The hosts then took the lead in the eighth. A leadoff walk was followed by a sacrifice bunt and the go-ahead single. Another walk and single added some insurance for the Huskies, which they needed when Brodey tied it.

Winaker has reached base safely in 19 of the last 20 games, including an eight-game hit streak. Dunlap had his eighth multi-hit game and Brodey produced his 15th.

Sunday will decide the series as the Cardinal and Huskies meet at noon.

— Stanford Athletics

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