Stanford gets by Saint Mary's (Calif.)
Cardinal rallies in ninth to tie, wins with single in 12th
STANFORD, Calif.-- Danny Diekroeger delivered a one-out single in the 12th inning to give No. 2-ranked Stanford (17-6) a 9-8 victory against visiting Saint Mary's (Calif.) (14-13) on Monday.
Stephen Piscotty (1-0) picked up the win in relief after coming into pitch twice in the game. The Cardinal third baseman came onto pitch in the eighth, securing the final twoouts, before playing the ninth at third and participating in the game-tying rally.
Stanford overcame an 8-3 deficit with a five-run, game-tying rally, and then Piscotty moved back to the mound and pitched 3.0 scoreless innings of relief. Piscotty overall went 3.2 scoreless innings, retiring seven in a row at one point, sandwiched between two singles. He also struck out three.
In the 12th against Thomas Cortese (1-3), Alex Blandino singled and was sacrificed, before Diekroeger's single pushed through the right side of the infield for the winning hit.
The win completed a stunning comeback for the Cardinal. Up 8-3, Gael Tanner Kichler came on with the bases loaded in the ninth, after three SMC pitchers combined on an eight-hitter through eight. Kenny Diekroeger started the rally with an RBI single, followed by a two-run double by Brian Ragira and a game-tying two-run single by Austin Wilson.
Patrick Keane went the first 3.0 innings for the Gaels, giving up two runs on four hits, leaving with a 4-2 lead. Ryan Brockett retired the first eight batters he faced, lasting 4.0 innings, and gave up a single unearned run on three hits, taking an 8-3 lead into the eighth. Jordan Mills pitched a scoreless eighth, before leaving the bases loaded in the ninth.
Alex Blandino's second home run of the season, cut the Gael lead to 3-2 in the second, prior to SMC tacking on three more runs to lead 6-2.
Eleven minutes into the game, back-to-back doubles by Collin Ferguson and Patrick Wisdom made it 2-0. An error by Blandino at second, allowed the third run to score in the second to make it 3-0. Dean McArdle (2-1) lasted just two-plus innings, giving up the first four runs. Ferguson finished with four hits.
Defense was also on display for both teams. Stanford rightfielder Austin Wilson threw out an advancing Wisdom at third on a single to right, before Diekroeger at short, picked up a low hopper headed up the middle, spun and fired in the fifth, keeping SMC off the scoreboard.