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Rios Homers Thrice in 21-20 Setback

STANFORD, Calif. - Junior Alberto Rios went 5-for-6 with a double, three home runs, four runs scored and nine RBIs in a 21-20 Senior Day setback to Arizona on Sunday from Stanford's Sunken Diamond.

Rios had an RBI single in the first, drove in two with a double in the third, launched a two-run shot in the fourth, laced a solo home run to center field in the sixth, and connected for a game-tying three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings.

The three home runs ran Rios' season total to 16, while he now has 60 RBIs on the year. The native of Bellflower, Calif. has now put together two games of five hits and nine-plus RBIs after setting a Stanford record with 11 RBIs as part of a five-hit day against CSU Bakersfield on March 5.

Rios is the first Stanford player to hit three homers in a game since Brock Jones connected for three against Connecticut on June 11, 2022. His 15 total bases are the most for a Cardinal player since Andrew Daschbach homered four times to total 16 bases vs. Cal Poly on May 14, 2019.

Stanford finished the high-scoring affair with six home runs as Eddie Park, Malcolm Moore and Drew Bowser each connected for one. Bowser's home run, a grand slam in the eighth, was his 10th of the year, while Moore now sits on 11 - including having homered in back-to-back games. Moore finished the game 3-for-5 with a double, the home run, two runs scored and three RBIs.

Junior Carter Graham also excelled at the plate, going 4-for-7 with three runs scored. In addition to hitting his fifth home run of the season, Park batted 2-for-4, with a double and three runs scored.

Junior Ryan Bruno (2-1) was charged with the loss after allowing a go-ahead three-run home run in the top of the 10th to Emilio Corona.

Stanford never led in Sunday's finale, allowing three runs in the first and five runs in the third to trail 8-2 headed to the bottom of the third. Stanford did manage to draw even at 9-9 after four when Rios and Moore connected for back-to-back home runs.

Arizona responded right away, scoring seven runs in the fifth, but Stanford kept fighting, eventually getting back even on Rios' three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth.

Stanford will play its final regular-season series next week when it travels to Washington State for three games starting on Thursday.

» Stanford celebrated seniors Owen Cobb, Henry Gargus, Nathan Fleischli, Quinn Mathews, Cole Hinkelman, Matt Swartz and Max Meier before the game as part of Senior Day.
» The Cardinal (34-14, 20-7 Pac-12) had a seven-game win streak snapped ... Stanford has won seven of the last eight, 10 of 12, 11 of 14, and 12 of 16 overall.
» Arizona improved to 27-22, 10-17 in the Pac-12.
» Graham (15 games), Rios (12 games) and Bowser (12 games) each extended hitting streaks on Saturday afternoon ... Cobb (1-for-6), Braden Montgomery (1-for-4) and Moore have all hit in six straight.
» Stanford is now 2-1 in extra-inning games this year.
» Chris Barraza (4-2) was credited with the win after pitching the final 1 2/3 innings for Arizona.
» Stanford had three players put together games with multiple extra-base hits.
» Every Cardinal starter reached base safely in the loss.
» Cardinal pitchers combined to strike out 13 Arizona hitters.
» Stanford batters had a total of 20 hits in the game.
» Stanford went 9-for-18 (.500) with runners in scoring position.
» Stanford pitchers faced 60 Arizona hitters in the game, allowing seven ground balls and 10 fly balls while striking out 13.
» The Cardinal drew six walks from Arizona pitching.
» Arizona was led offensively by junior Chase Davis, who went 3-for-5 with a triple, a home run and six RBIs.