May 13, 2007
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford collected 16 hits, including eight for extra bases, and picked up its first Pac-10 series win of the season with a 10-7 victory over the Washington baseball team Sunday at Sunken Diamond.
The Cardinal (21-27 overall, 6-15 in Pac-10 play) got four doubles, two triples and two homers and scored in five of their eight offensive innings. They took a 9-3 lead and then hung on.
Michael Taylor led the Stanford offense, going 3-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and two runs scored. Starter Erik Davis (3-2) worked six and two-thirds innings for the win, allowing four runs (one earned) on eight hits.
Sophomore Jorden Merry (6-7) gave up five runs on eight hits over three and two-thirds in the loss for Washington (26-23 overall, 9-9 in the Pac-10). The Huskies, however, remained in sole possession of fourth place in the conference thanks to an Oregon State loss.
Stanford posted the game's first run in the third. With two outs, designated hitter Brendan Domaracki doubled off the left-center field wall. Sean Ratliff followed with a bloop single to left to put the Cardinal on top, 1-0.
In the fourth, Stanford first baseman Jason Castro laced a two-out double to the right-field corner and Taylor, aboard on a single, scored just ahead of the throw to the plate. Brent Milleville followed with a line-drive single to center to plate Castro before Ryan Seawell belted a two-run homer to left field to make it a 5-0 Cardinal lead.
In the top of the fifth, the Huskies used a walk, a hit batter, an error, a passed ball and two wild pitches to score three runs. With two out and none on, Danny Cox was hit by a pitch and Matt Hague walked. After a wild pitch moved each runner up, Curt Rindal's grounder to short was mis-handled by Cord Phelps, allowing one to score. Hague then scored on passed ball and, after moving to third on another wild pitch, Rindal came in on a single from Ty Rasmussen, cutting the lead to 5-3.
However, Stanford's offense remained hot in the bottom of the fifth as Ratliff doubled off the wall and Taylor tripled to pick up another run. Taylor then scored on a groundout to stretch the lead to 7-3.
In the sixth, Seawell was hit by a pitch and Joey August hit the next offering out of the park to left field, making it a 9-3 lead.
Washington scored a run in the seventh when Rindal singled and eventually scored on a groundout from Trevor Petersen. In the eighth, the Huskies closed the gap further. After a double from Matt Stevens and a walk to Joey Dunn, Cox tripled down the right-field line. Cox then scored on a Hague groundout, cutting the lead to 9-7.
However, the Cardinal added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI, pinch-hit single from Toby Gerhart.
Rindal finished with three hits while Rasmussen and Stevens added two each for the Huskies.
The Huskies take on Gonzaga Tuesday night at Husky Ballpark before a three-game, Pac-10 series at Arizona next weekend. Tuesday night's game will air live on KKNW AM-1150 while the Arizona series with feature internet-only audio broadcasts.
LINESCORE Pac-10 Conference Stanford 10, Washington 7 Washington 000 030 130 -- 7 10 0 Stanford 001 422 01x -- 10 16 1 Jorden Merry, Geoff Nichols (4), Brandon McKerney (6), Nick Hagadone (8) and Joey Dunn. Erik Davis, Austin Yount (7) and Brent Milleville. W - Davis (3-2). L - Merry (6-7). 2B - UW, Curt Rindal, Matt Stevens; SU, Brendan Domaracki, Adam Sorgi, Jason Castro, Sean Ratliff. 3B - UW, Danny Cox; SU, Domaracki, Michael Taylor. HR - SU, Ryan Seawell (4), Joey August (2). T - 3:06. A - 1,559. Records: UW 26-23, 9- 9 Pac-10; STAN 21-27, 6-15 Pac-10.