7-Run 1st inning helps Stanford beat UC Irvine and Regional win

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) – Tim Tawa scored a two-run home run and had an RBI single in Stanford’s seven-run first inning and the Cardinal beat UC Irvine 11-8 on Sunday night to win the Stanford Regional.

The top seeded Stanford (36-15) plays at Texas Tech in a best-of-3 superregional.

Eddie Park went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and two runs for the Cardinal, and Tawa finished 3 for 5.

Park sporadically left on the first pitch of the game and scored a goal when Tawa homered five pitches later. Christian Robinson and Nick Brueser hit consecutive victim flies to score the 4-0 before another single from Park Drew Bowser rolled in and Tommy Troy and Tawa met in the single Adam Crampton.

Kody Huff was hit by a pitch to lead the second and scored a goal with a sacrificial flight from Troy, and Brock Jones drove into the park with a deep stall at the third park and made it 9-3.

Nathan Church went 4 for 6 with a double, a homer and four RBIs for UC Irvine (43-18). Dillon Tatum hit a two-run shot in the second inning and Luke Spillane went 3 for 4 with a two-run double down the right field line, making it 11-7 in the lower part of the seventh.

The anteaters played five games in four days, including wins on Sunday against the state of North Dakota and Stanford – the latter forced the winning take-all game on Monday.

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