OMAHA, Neb. – The No. 8 seed Stanford Cardinal (44-19) took a 2-1 lead into the eighth inning, but could not hang on and fell 3-2 to the No. 1 Wake Forest Demon Deacons (53-10) Saturday in the third game of the 2023 College World Series from Charles Schwab Field Omaha.
Stanford, which scored in the first inning against Wake Forest’s Rhett Lowder and led 2-1 after three, looked to be in control of the game before a weather delay due to lightning in the area sent the teams into the locker rooms for an hour and 28 minutes with two outs in the top of the seventh.
Drew Dowd, who pitched scoreless fifth and sixth innings, had thrown just 24 pitches but did not return after the lengthy delay. Freshman Nick Dugan contributed a scoreless seventh, but walked the leadoff man in the eighth to start the momentum for Wake Forest. Left-hander Ryan Bruno entered and walked the next man to put two aboard with nobody out. The Demon Deacons bunted the runners along, setting the table for the go-ahead two-RBI single from Danny Corona that proved to be the game winner. The single was Wake Forest’s lone hit with runners in scoring position on Saturday afternoon.