Nick Bellafronto had three hits, including a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth and the third-ranked Stanford baseball team rallied to beat Gonzaga 11-10 at Sunken Diamond on Monday.
Sacred Heart Prep grad Andrew Daschbach hit a home run among his three hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Cardinal (28-6), which stays at home for Tuesday's 6:05 p.m. nonconference game with San Jose State.
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"These guys really have some toughness about them," Stanford coach David Esquer said. "We did this a lot last year and this team has proven they can win in games like this as well. A lot of guys stepped up; Bellafronto had a couple plays he would probably like to have back but he came through for us in the end, and you have to credit Lopez for coming back after a tough outing last weekend and setting us up for the win."
Nicolas Lopez (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth to keep Stanford's deficit at two. Lopez came on after Nick Brueser hit his first career home run, a two-run shot in the eighth to pull the Cardinal within 10-8.
Stanford, winners of eight out of its last nine, is 11-2 in one-run games and won for the fourth time in its final at bat. The Cardinal has hit 24 home runs over the past 10 games.
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Senior outfielder Brandon Wulff earned the Pac-12 Player of the Week award.
Wulff, a native of Las Vegas, slugged four home runs in Stanford's three-game sweep of Oregon in Eugene.
Wulff finished 7-for-10 with eight RBI, nine runs, a 2.100 slugging percentage, a .786 on-base percentage with four walks. Entering Monday, Wulff ranked fourth in the Pac-12 in slugging percentage (.679) and third in home runs (12).