Recap by: John Sullivan, Rice Athletics (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- No. 9 ranked Stanford scored four late runs to break a 2-2 deadlock and finish with 6-2 win over the visiting Rice baseball team Friday night in Palo Alto, Calif.
The Cardinal opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning, but Rice quickly battled back. Sophomore Braden Comeaux led off the top of the third with a single to right-center, and he stole second to move into scoring position. Dominic Cox lined a one-out single into right field to put runners at the corners and Comeaux scored on sacrifice fly by Ryan Chandler.
The Blue & Gray evened the score in the fifth. A one-out walk, single, and walk loaded the bases for Bradley Gneiting, who reached on ground ball with the run coming home from third.
Stanford hit a solo home run as part of a two-run seventh to make it 4-2 game. The Cardinal stretched the margin to 6-2 with another two runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Rice sophomore starting pitcher Matt Canterino was strong scattering three hits with just one walk and striking out seven in 6.2 innings. The Owls are now 3-3 on the season. Stanford improved to 6-0 overall and has 14-straight home games dating back to last season.
The same teams are back or game three of the four-game weekend series on Feb. 24. Saturday's start time at the Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto, Calif., is scheduled for 3:05 pm (Central Time).