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Stanford baseball walks off with another victory; Wulff honored

 
Nick Bellafronto hit his first career home run in Stanford's 11-10 comeback victory over Gonzaga. Photo by Bob Drebin/isiphotos.com.

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.


Nick Bellafronto /Stanford Athletics
Bellafronto, who hit his first career home run, drove in three and reached base four times. Maverick Handley and Brandon Wulff each walked to open the ninth. Will Matthiessen singled to drive in a run and Daschbach singled home the tying run, setting up Bellafronto's heroics.

"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.

In related news:

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).

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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