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Mathews Strikes Out Nine, Park's Slam Lifts Cardinal

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STANFORD, Calif. - Junior Eddie Park launched a grand slam to cap a six-run sixth inning as No. 9 Stanford (11-5, 2-2 Pac-12) defeated Oregon State 9-8 on Friday to open a three-game Pac-12 series.

Senior Quinn Mathews dominated on the mound, fanning nine Oregon State hitters while allowing three runs (two earned) over 5.1 innings of work.

Junior Brandt Pancer also made an impact on the mound for the Cardinal, throwing two innings, giving up one run on one hit, with no walks and one strikeout.

Park finished the game 2-for-4 with his second career home run and four RBIs. Sophomore Braden Montgomery contributed a noteworthy day at the dish as well, going 1-for-2 with a home run, a walk and an RBI. The round-tripper was Montgomery's sixth of the season.

Oregon State got on the board first with a run in the top of the second, but Montgomery wasted no time drawing the Cardinal back even, sending the first pitch from Oregon State starter Trent Sellers off the batter's eye in center field.

Sellers ultimately tossed 5 1/3 innings, surrendering five runs on six hits and one walk with four strikeouts, before being saddled with the loss and dropping to 2-2 on the season.

Drew Dowd was credited with the win after allowing one run over an inning of work. The victory moved him to 1-1 on the season.

The Cardinal opened up a 3-1 lead with two runs in the third - highlighted by RBI-singles from Tommy Troy and Carter Graham.

Oregon State fought back to even the ballgame at three with single runs in the fourth and fifth before Stanford exploded for the six runs in the sixth.

The Beavers put five runs on the board over the final three innings, including a grand slam from Ruben Cedillo in the seventh, but Stanford held on for the 9-8 win.

» Every Stanford starter reached base safely in the win.
» Mathews has now struck out 22 Beaver hitters over his last 13 1/3 innings against Oregon State.
» The Stanford pitching staff combined to strike out 12 Oregon State hitters.
» The Cardinal out-hit the Beavers at a 10-9 clip.
» Stanford went 6-for-9 (.667) with runners in scoring position.
» The Cardinal got three hits in five at-bats with the bases loaded.
» Stanford pitchers faced 41 Oregon State hitters in the game, allowing two ground balls and 11 fly balls while striking out 12.
» Alberto Rios (1-for-4, R, RBI) has now hit safely in four straight games.
» Graham (1-for-3, RBI) has now hit safely in six straight games.
» Oregon State was led offensively by sophomore Ruben Cedillo, who went 2-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI.