Walk-off home run keeps Stanford's season alive

Walk-off home run keeps Stanford's season alive
June 7, 2014, 4:15 pm
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Wayne Taylor's solo-shot over the right center wall tied the series after Vanderbilt won the opener, 11-6. (AP)

NASHVILLE — Wayne Taylor hit a game-ending home run to the right-field stands in the ninth inning, lifting Stanford to a 5-4 win against Vanderbilt on Saturday and forcing a deciding third game.

A berth to the College World Series will be up for grabs Sunday in the finale of the super regional series.

Vanderbilt (45-19) tied the score at 4-4 in the top of the ninth when Stanford reliever A.J. Vanegas hit Xavier Turner with the bases loaded in a rally started when Dansby Swanson reached first on a wild pitch after striking out. But Rhett Wiseman grounded out to second, leaving the bases loaded.

The Cardinal (35-25) took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth after three unanswered hits, including a two-run double by Brant Whiting.

Vanegas earned the win, allowing just one hit and four walks in two innings of relief.

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