Romanczuk, No. 13 Stanford Shuts Out No. 22 USC, 6-0

Feb. 25, 2005

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford pitcher Mark Romanczuk threw a complete game Friday as the No. 13 Stanford Cardinal shut out the No. 22 USC Trojans, 6-0, in nonconference action at Sunken Diamond. Romanczuk allowed only four hits, walking just two batters and striking out 12.

Cardinal shortstop Chris Minaker had a 4-for-4 night with two doubles and an RBI. The Trojans, however, proved to be their own worst enemy with four errors on the evening that led to four unearned runs.

Zack Kalter (1-1) took the hard-luck loss for the Trojans after allowing four runs (one unearned) over five innings of work. He scattered five hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Freshman right fielder Roberto Lopez had two of the Trojans' four hits, including a double.

Right fielder Michael Taylor led off the Stanford first by reaching first on a catcher's interference called against USC catcher Jeff Clement. Taylor then advanced to third on a double by Minaker. Cardinal second baseman Jed Lowrie lifted a fly ball deep to center field to score Taylor, but Daniel Perales missed the cutoff throw as Minaker scored from second for an early 2-0 lead.

Another Perales error played a factor in the fourth. Third baseman Adam Sorgi led off with a double. With one out, catcher John Hester hit a fly ball to Perales that bounced out of his glove. Sorgi moved to third while Hester was able to reach second safely. Chris Lewis hit a two-run single to left on the drawn-in USC infield as the Cardinal took the 4-0 lead.

Minaker's double in the seventh and another sacrifice fly by Lowrie added two more runs for the Cardinal in the seventh.

The series continues tomorrow at 1 p.m. with the series finale on Sunday (Feb. 27), also at 1 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com.

USC	000-000-000---0-4-4Stanford	200-200-20x---6-7-0

WP-Romanczuk (3-0) LP-Kalter (1-1)Records: USC (4-1) Stanford (8-5)

Kalter, Ganser (6), Guy (7), Williams (8) and Clement.Romanczuk and Hester.

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