Wright State reliever Jeremy Randolph fires a pitch plateward during Friday night’s game at Stanford. Chris Leung/CONTRIBUTED

NCAA Tournament: Wright State’s upset bid falls short at Stanford

Robinson’s chopper went past Snyder into the right field corner. Daschbach scored from first base – a heartbreaking loss for the Raiders (39-16), who fought back from a 3-1 deficit and pushed the third-ranked team in the country to the edge.

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It was the longest postseason game in Raiders history. The Cardinal (45-10) advance to Saturday’s winner’s bracker to face Cal State Fullerton, a 6-2 winner over Baylor earlier Friday. Wright State will face the Bears in an elimination game at 6 p.m. EDT.

Wright State tied the score in the seventh. With one out, Bentley Jones walked and Zach Weatherford followed with a single. That chased Stanford starter Tristan Beck. With the game on the line, Cardinal coach David Esquer called on closer Jack Little.

He got leadoff hitter Matt Morrow on a fly out but then J.D. Orr singled in a run. Then, in a surprising three-pitch sequence, Little sent two pitches past catcher Christian Molfetta. One was scored a passed ball, the other a wild pitch and the Raiders had tied the score.

Morrow led off the game with his first home run of the season. The 5-foot-10, 180 pound junior muscled up on Beck on the second pitch of the game to give the Raiders a short-lived 1-0 lead.

The Cardinal answered with two in the bottom of the first. Beau Branton led off with a single and after a wild pitch and a strikeout, Nico Hoerner singled him in. Wright State left fielder Orr tried vainly to come in and catch the sinking liner but instead the ball shot by him for a two-base error. Another wild pitch by Weiss brough Hoerner home.

Stanford added a run in the fifth when Alex Wilson doubled to lead off the inning and Tim Tawa singled him in.

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