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Card Rallies To Down Ducks

EUGENE, Ore. -- No. 8 Stanford baseball broke a 4-4 tie in the sixth inning to defeat the No. 25 Oregon Ducks 6-4 Sunday. Stanford now returns home for a Tuesday night matchup with Sacramento State at Sunken Diamond. 

Junior Drew Dowd (4-2) picked up the victory out of the bullpen for Stanford (23-10, 11-4), retiring all 11 batters he faced while striking out six.

Offensively, the Cardinal was led by sophomore Braden Montgomery, who celebrated his birthday by going 2-for-3 with a home run, two walks and two RBI. Junior Alberto Rios put together a strong performance at the plate as well, going 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and two RBI. Junior Tommy Troy also chipped in for Stanford, putting together one hit in three trips to the plate while adding two walks.

The Cardinal trailed 4-0 in the third inning when they first put runs on the board. Rios' RBI double, Stanford's first hit of the day, was the key in Stanford's three-run inning.

The Cardinal kept the deficit at 4-3 before tying the game in the fifth on Montgomery's leadoff home run off of senior Matt Dallas, which evened the score at 4-4.

That 4-4 tie turned into a 6-4 Stanford lead in the seventh. Montgomery's run-scoring single highlighted a two-run frame for the Cardinal. Dowd kept the score at 6-4 to close out the win.

» Dowd struck out six Ducks hitters and junior Joey Dixon fanned five for the Cardinal.
» Stanford pitchers faced 33 Oregon hitters in the game, allowing seven ground balls and nine fly balls while striking out 11.
» The Cardinal drew 10 walks from Oregon pitching.