May 11, 2007
STANFORD, Calif. - The Washington baseball team overcame a 3-0, first-inning deficit to beat Stanford, 7-5, Friday at Sunken Diamond in the first of a three-game Pac-10 series.
Coupled with Oregon State's loss to Washington State, the Huskies (26-21 overall and 9-7 in Pac-10 play) retain their spot in fourth place in the conference, two games ahead of the Beavers. Stanford fell to 19-27 overall and 4-15 in the Pac-10.
Husky starter Jason Erickson (4-1) worked five and two-thirds innings for the victory. He gave up four runs on nine hits, walking two and striking out two. Closer Nick Hagadone threw the final two innings, striking out four, for this 10th save.
Stanford got off to a quick start, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first. Joey August walked to lead off the game and then made it to third on a hit-and-run single from Toby Gerhart. Michael Taylor followed with a double to deep left-center, scoring two, and then eventually came in on a sacrifice fly.
Washington got two of those runs back in the top of the second. After Ty Rasmussen reached on an error and Boyer walked, Trevor Petersen singled to left to drive in one. After a couple of outs, Burgher drove in Boyer with a bunt single, making it a 3-2 Stanford lead.
The Huskies tied the game in the fifth. With two outs, Cox singled and Matt Hague doubled to put runners at second and third. Inman then started his windup and stopped midway -- a balk that sent home Cox. Hague's double extended his hitting streak to 19 games.
However, Stanford got back on top in the bottom of the fifth when August doubled and scored on a single from Taylor.
Washington took its first lead at 5-4 with a pair of runs in the sixth. Rasmussen scored from third on a passed ball to tie it and Boyer gave the Huskies a lead when he scored on a sacrifice fly from Matt Stevens.
In the seventh, the UW added a sixth run when Hague was hit by a pitch and eventually came in on a single from Boyer. After Stanford scored one in the bottom of the seventh, the Huskies stretched the lead back to 7-5 with one in the eighth when Matt Stevens singled and scored on a single from Cox.
Stanford starter Jeffrey Inman (4-3) suffered the loss. Three of the six runs charged to him were unearned. Taylor finished the game 3-for-5 with three RBI to lead the Cardinal hitters.
The series continues with 1:00 p.m. games Saturday and Sunday. Both will air live on KKNW AM-1150.
LINESCORE Pac-10 Conference Washington 7, Stanford 5 Washington 020 012 110 -- 7 13 0 Stanford 300 010 100 -- 5 12 1 Jason Erickson, Tyler Cheney (6), Harrison Bishop (6), Nick Haughian (7), Nick Hagadone (8) and Joey Dunn. Jeffrey Inman, David Stringer (7), Blake Hancock (8), Andrew Clauson (8) and Brian Juhl. W - Erickson (4-1). L - Inman (4-3). Sv - Hagadone (10). 2B - STAN, Michael Taylor, Cord Phelps, Joey August. T - 3:41. A - 1,504. Records: UW 26-21, 9-7 Pac-10; STAN 19-27, 4-15 Pac-10.