Instant Classic – Stanford University Athletics
STANFORD, Calif. – With the Cardinal trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning in a win-win regional game on Monday, sophomores Drew Bowser and Tommy Troy threw back-to-back homers to tie the game, and freshman Trevor Haskins delivered a walk-in RBI single, giving No. 2 Stanford (45-15) a 4-3 victory over No. 13 Texas State (47-14) and a ticket to the super regional round of the NCAA tournament.
Texas State had scored twice in the top of the ninth inning to break a 1-1 tie that had been in place since the end of the second.
Bowser took the lead in the 1-0 count leading to the bottom of the ninth before sending the second pitch over the wall into left center field for his 15e home run of the season – including his third of the playoffs. The Los Angeles native finished all five games averaging .286 (6 for 21) with six runs scored, one brace, all three home runs and eight RBIs.
Troy also homered on his second pitch at bat — laying down an 0-1 offering on the scaffold that flanks the batter’s eye in Sunken Diamond’s center field. The round-trip player was Troy’s fifth of the season and third in the regional as he hit .600 (12 for 20) with eight runs scored, four doubles, all three home runs and seven RBIs.
Second year Eddy Parkwho was named the region’s most outstanding player, kept the momentum going with a single to left field before Adam Crampton pushed him to second place. An intentional march towards brock jones and a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third with just one out and a 2-2 count on Haskins. The freshman took a third ball before lacing the payout pitch into left field for the kicking victory.
The stick was Haskins’ 13e of the season and resulted in his sixth RBI.
Park finished regional batting .700 (14 for 20) in five games played. He scored five runs, posted a brace and drove two while managing a .727 on-base percentage. The San Jose, Calif. native went 4-for-4 in Monday night’s championship final.
Facing a powerful Texas State offense that had hit 87 homers heading into Monday night’s game, six Stanford pitchers combined to pitch all nine frames and keep the Bobcats in the stadium. Joey Dixonwhich started Friday night against Binghamton, pitched the first 1 2/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits. Max Meier took the ball for the next 2 1/3 without a goal before Drew Dowd contributed 2 1/3 scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Ryan Bruno carried the torch for the next two outs – retiring a pair to fail the go-ahead at third base in the seventh. After a scoreless eighth inning of Braden Montgomerythe freshman right-hander allowed a two-out single and two RBIs to Wesley Faison to give Texas State the two-run advantage. Brandt Pancerwho was credited with the win and made 2-0 after the comeback, went in and out the final in the ninth – keeping the Cardinal within striking distance.
Zeke Wood gave the homers to Bowser and Troy before Levi Wells came in and eventually allowed the starting single to Haskins – dropping the right-hander to 8-3 on the season for the Bobcats.
Long before the heroics of the ninth, the Cardinal responded to Texas State’s run in the first inning with a solo home run of kody huff at the bottom of the frame – sound 12e of the year. The house was Stanford’s 103rd of the season – a new program record that topped 102 from 1997. With two more in the ninth, Stanford has now reached 105 this season.
Joining Park on the All-Regional team was first baseman catcher Huff Carter Grahamshortstop Crampton, third baseman Bowser, designated hitter Troy and pitcher Quinn Mathews.
Stanford will now host UConn in a Sunken Diamond super regional this week. Dates and times for the series will be announced Tuesday morning.