UConn holds on, beats Stanford 13-12 super regional Game 1

Casey Dana and Matt Donlan each drove in three runs and UConn held off a late Stanford rally to beat the Cardinal 13-12 in Game 1 of the best-of-three Stanford Super Regional

ByThe Associated Press
June 12, 2022, 2:24 AM
Matt Donlan, Drew Bowser
Connecticut catcher Matt Donlan, right, tags out Stanford's Drew Bowser during the fourth inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game Saturday, June 11, 2022, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/John Hefti)
The Associated Press

STANFORD, Calif. -- Casey Dana and Matt Donlan each drove in three runs and UConn held off a late Stanford rally to beat the Cardinal 13-12 Saturday night in Game 1 of the best-of-three Stanford Super Regional.

Un-seeded UConn (50-14) can clinch a berth in the College World Series with a win in Sunday's Game 2.

Korey Morton led off the top of the second with a double and scored when T.C. Simmons drove the next pitch to right for a double. Donlan hit a two-run home run, Dana had a two-run double and scored two batters later on a double by Bryan Padilla before Morton hit a towering two-run shot to left that gave the Huskies a 9-0 lead.

Brock Jones and Matt Barrera each hit a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh to but No. 2 Stanford's deficit to 13-6 and the Cardinal (45-16) hit four homers in the bottom of the ninth before Justin Willis struck out Adam Crampton — with the tying run on first — to end the game. Jones and Braden Montgomery hit two-run shots before back-to-back two-out homers by Drew Bowser and Tommy Troy made it 13-12.

Dana reached on a fielding error and Ben Huber followed immediately with a two-out RBI double to make it 1-0 and UConn led the rest of the way.

Pat Gallagher (11-3) gave up five runs on nine hits with a walk and eight strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings for the win.

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