May 25, 2008
SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team scored six two-out runs in the sixth inning to rally past 16th-ranked Stanford for a 7-4 win on the final day of the regular season at Husky Ballpark.
The Huskies finished the season 33-22 overall and 11-13 in the Pac-10 Conference while the Cardinal fell to 33-21-2 overall and 14-10 in the league. The 64-team NCAA tournament field will be announced Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on ESPN.
UW sophomore Cam Nobles (6-4) picked up the win in relief of starter Nick Haughian. Nobles came on with a runner on and no outs in the sixth and struck out three in a row. He finished having worked four innings of one-hit relief, walking only one while striking out six.
Haughian struck out three in his five-plus innings to end the season with 107 strikeouts, the sixth-highest single-season total in Husky history.
Senior Joey Dunn finished his college career by going 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI. Classmate Andy Lentz was 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two walks while senior Michael Burgher closed out his career with a walk, a single and an RBI in three at bats.
Haughian faced the minimum over the first three innings, erasing a walk with a double play. But in the fourth, he walked Cord Phelps and hit Jason Castro with a pitch before allowing his first hit of the day, a two-out, two-run single from center fielder Sean Ratliff, which gave the Cardinal a 2-0 lead.
Stanford made the most of its second hit in the game as well as, in the sixth, Phelps again drew a walk and left fielder Toby Gerhart belted a home run to right, increasing the lead to 4-0.
Washington took advantage of a big error to score six two-out runs in the sixth to move on top. With Ty Rasmussen aboard on a single with two outs, Dunn hit a pop fly that fell out of the Phelps' glove as the second baseman was trying to make the catch just into foul territory. Dunn then sent the next pitch into the left-field bullpen with his sixth homer of the season, cutting the gap to 4-2.
After the home run, the next two Husky batters walked ahead of Lentz, who dropped a double down the right-field line to score the third UW run. Bradley Boyer followed with a single to left, driving in Burgher and Lentz to give the Huskies a 5-4 lead. After an Aaron Russell single, Kyle Conley drove in Boyer with a base hit and Ty Rasmussen flied out to the deepest part of the park to end the inning with the Huskies on top, 6-4.
The Huskies added to their total in the seventh as David Bentrott singled, stole second and came all the way to score on an infield single from Burgher, increasing the lead to 7-4.
Stanford reliever Blake Hancock (1-3), who surrendered the go-ahead run in the sixth, suffered the loss.
LINESCORE Pac-10 Conference Game Washington 7, #16 Stanford 4 Stanford 000 202 000 -- 4 4 1 Washington 000 006 10x -- 7 12 0 Jeremy Bleich, Jeffrey Inman (3), Blake Hancock (6), David Stringer (6), Michael Marshall (7) and Ben Clowe. Nick Haughian, Cam Nobles (6) and Joey Dunn. W - Nobles (6-4). L - Hancock (1-3). 2B - UW, Andy Lentz. HR - STAN, Toby Gerhart (5); UW, Dunn (6). T - 3:08. A - 691. Records: STAN 33-21-2 overall, 14-10 Pac-10; UW 33-22 overall, 11-13 Pac-10.