No. 2 Stanford tops No. 4 Rice in extras
Ringo hits walk-off homer in 10th inning as Cardinal down Owls
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Justin Ringo blasted a first-pitch fastball leading No. 2 Stanford (12-1) to a 4-2 victory against No. 4 Rice (12-3) in 10 innings on Friday night.
Tyler Duffey (0-1) was the loser, walking Tyler Gaffney with one out, before Ringo's second home run against Rice in two seasons snapped a 2-2 tie.
David Schmidt (2-0) meanwhile, finished off a five-hitter against the Owls, as he pitched a perfect 10th after Mark Appel struck out 14 over the first nine innings.
Appel set his second career-high in as many weeks, finishing his night by striking out the side. He retired the final 11 men he faced after a stretch of 12 in a row earlier in the night. Appel set down the Owls in order in six of his nine innings.
Appel on his 100th pitch registered his 10th strikeout after mowing the Owls down in the early innings. JT Chargois had a two-run single in the first to give Rice a 2-0 lead, before Appel set down 12 in a row heading into the fifth. Appel tossed 125 pitches on the night, 84 of which were strikes.
Matthew Reckling was the first to exit, going the first six innings for Rice, giving up two runs on three hits with seven strikeouts. Stanford had a chance to score in the sixth, putting runners on the corners with two out. Reckling though struck out Eric Smith to keep it at 2-2.
After Chargois' two-run first inning RBI, a Reckling wild pitch and a groundout tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the third.