STANFORD, Calif. – No. 16 Oregon could not overcome an early deficit as No. 6 Stanford took game three of the weekend series with a 4-2 victory at Sunken Diamond on Sunday afternoon.
The Ducks (24-10, 10-5) claimed the series with wins on Friday and Saturday, and are now in a three-way tie for first place in the Pac-12 standings with UCLA and Arizona.
Stanford (21-10, 5-7) took its first lead of the series, 2-0, in the bottom of the second as Brett Michael Doran drove a two-run single through the left side, scoring Danny Diekroeger and Austin Wilson. Brando Tessar (4-1) had walked Diekroeger and surrendered a single to Wilson before leaving the game.
Joey Housey retired Justin Ringo, and had 0-2 count on Lonnie Kauppila before Stanford’s shortstop left the game with an injury. Doran took over the at-bat and drove in the Cardinal’s first two runs.
Tessar tossed just one inning and 34 pitches before leaving the game with discomfort. In the second, he issued one walk, and surrendered a single before Housey replaced him on the mound in relief. Tessar allowed two runs on one hit and three walks in one inning, taking his first loss of the year.
Stanford A.J. Vanegas (2-0) was credited with the win, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks while striking out three. Reliever David Schmidt was credited with the save, shutting out Oregon on two hits and one walk.
The Ducks got on the scoreboard in the fifth as Vanegas issued a one-out walk to Kevin Shepherd after retiring nine consecutive Oregon batters. Connor Hofmann kept the inning alive with a single and a wild pitch moved runners to second and third, before J.J. Altobelli plated Shepherd with a groundout.
Stanford added a run to take a 3-1 lead in the fifth as Housey issued a leadoff walk and then a single before David Wylie took over on the mound. A sacrifice moved the runners to second and third, and Stephen Piscotty’s foul out to first turned into a sacrifice fly as Oregon’s defense forgot to cover the plate allowing Doran to score from third.
Ryon Healy led off the sixth with a double to right center, and scored on Brett Hambright’s single to right as Wilson could not field the ball in right, allowing Healy to come around from third and score as the Ducks closed, 3-2.
The Ducks fell behind 4-2 in the seventh as Tyler Gaffney’s RBI single scored Doran with Wylie on the mound.
Housey allowed one run on four hits and one walk while striking out two in three innings of work, while Wylie allowed one run in two and 1/3 innings. Jimmie Sherfy also tossed one and 2/3 innings of relief.
Gaffney led Stanford with a three-hit performance while Altobelli led the Ducks with two hits.
The Ducks return to action Monday with a 6 p.m. first pitch against Arkansas Pine Bluff at PK Park.