Maverik Buffo escaped jams in the fourth and fifth innings before host Stanford wore him down in the sixth, and BYU baseball was eliminated from NCAA Regional play with a 9-1 loss Saturday, June 3, in Palo Alto, California.
The Cougars’ starting ace pitched with a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning thanks to a solo home run from Colton Shaver in the fifth. But, after Buffo left Stanford runners on third base in two straight innings, the Cardinal finally broke through.
Brandon Wulff grounded out to short, scoring Quinn Brodey and tying the game 1-1, then Jack Klein hit a two-run homer to put Stanford ahead for good.
Buffo continued into the seventh inning, surrendering another run before being pulled.
The Cardinal piled on, using back-to-back homers from Brodey and Daniel Bakst in the seventh and three more runs in the eighth to take a 9-1 lead.
Other than Shaver’s homer, BYU tallied only three more hits on the afternoon. Stanford starter Chris Castellanos pitched a complete game, striking out three and walking none to pick up the win.
BYU finished 38-21 and appeared in its first NCAA Regional since 2002 by winning the West Coast Conference tournament.
The Cougars lost 13-2 to Cal State Fullerton to open regional play Thursday, then defeated Sacramento State 6-1 Friday to advance to Saturday’s elimination game.