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Taylor Forces Deciding Game
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 06/01/2014
 Final     1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9      R    H   E 
Stanford (33-24)   0  2  0  0   2   0  0  3  3    10  14   0 
Indiana (44-14)   3  1  0  1  0  0  1  0  1     7    9  2
Bloomington, Ind. | Bart Kaufman Field
Win: A.J. Vanegas (3-3)
Loss: Jake Kelzer (1-3)
Wayne Taylor - 1-1, HR, 3 RBI
Zach Hoffpauir - 3-5, 3B, HR, 2 RBI 
Austin Slater - 3-5, 2B, RBI

Wayne Taylor blasted a pinch-hit, three-run home run in the eighth inning to give Stanford a come-from-behind 10-7 win over Indiana Sunday night in the Bloomington Regional. The Cardinal forces a seventh and deciding game of the double-elimination regional tomorrow night at 5:30 p.m. ET.

“It was a great college baseball game,” said Mark Marquess, the Clarke and Elizabeth Nelson Director of Baseball. “Both teams I thought played extremely well. I thought A.J. Vanegas did a great job. That's probably the longest he's gone all year, and then Wayne Taylor, the three‑run home run obviously was the one that really put us over.”

Stanford (33-24) trailed the whole way, until Taylor’s two-out, go-ahead homer over the center field wall. Indiana held advantages of 3-0 after one inning, 5-2 after four and 6-4 after six, before Taylor’s clutch performance. The Hoosiers entered the game with a 39-0 record when leading after seven frames.

"I thought that was a pretty good pitch," said Taylor. "I ended up getting the barrel on it and driving it pretty well."

Vanegas (3-3) came up big for the Cardinal with 5.1 innings of relief. He allowed just two runs to let Stanford hang around, before putting up back-to-back three-run innings to pull away in the eighth and ninth. The senior right-hander threw more than one inning longer than his previous season high in the winning effort.

"I was just trying to give my team an energy boost," Vanegas added. "We had fallen back, fallen behind, and just pitched with a lot of energy and just tried to get the momentum on our side."

The ninth inning runs proved to be needed, as Indiana put together a rally in the final frame, starting with three straight walks to lead off the inning issued by Marcus Brakeman. Chris Castellanos came in for Brakeman and shut the door with a ground out and line out double play with the tying run at the plate for his third save.

Stanford earned the right to play Indiana by cruising past Youngstown State, 12-4, earlier in the day. With 10 runs in the nightcap, the Cardinal scored double-digit runs in back-to-back games for the first time this season.

The Cardinal was led by Austin Slater and Zach Hoffpauir, who each had three hits. Hoffpauir was a double shy of the cycle, as he crushed a homer in the second and laced a triple to right center in the ninth. Slater moved his hitting streak to 21 games, passing current assistant coach Ryan Garko for sixth on Stanford’s list since 1988.

Brant Whiting also went deep as part of Stanford’s second back-to-back home run performance of the day. Earlier, Danny Diekroeger and Alex Blandino went back-to-back in the game against Youngstown State.  

Stanford’s hot hitting continued with a 7-for-18 (.389) outing with runners on base against Indiana. The Cardinal also went 5-13 (.385) with two outs and out-hit the Hoosiers, 14-9.

Logan James started the night on the hill for Stanford, but lasted just 1.2 innings. Indiana knocked him around for four runs on five hits, which led Marquess to head to the bullpen.

Indiana (44-14) used five pitchers, including three for less than one inning. Jake Kelzer allowed Taylor’s homer on a 0-1 slider to take the loss. Starting pitcher Christian Morris last 4.1 innings, while allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits. 



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