No. 13 Stanford Beats No. 22 USC In Bottom Of The Ninth, 4-3

Feb. 26, 2005

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Stanford, Calif. - Jim Rapoport scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning when John Mayberry, Jr. beat out a potential inning-ending double play for an RBI fielders choice, lifting No. 13 Stanford (9-5) to a 4-3 win over No. 22 USC (4-2) in a non-conference game at Sunken Diamond on Saturday. Stanford improved to 8-0 at home this season and has won 46 of its last 52 games overall at Sunken Diamond, as well as 13 consecutive regular season three-game home series. The Cardinal has also now won seven consecutive three-game sets against USC.

Stanford's Chris Minaker keyed a three-run Cardinal fifth inning with a two-RBI double before Jed Lowrie followed with an RBI single to drive in Minaker.

USC's Billy Hart (3-4, 2B) was the only player for either team with more than one hit.

Blake Holler (3-0) won his third game out of the bullpen this season for the Cardinal, limiting the Trojans to a run and two hits with one strikeouts over the final 3.0 innings.

USC reliever Jack Spradlin (0-1) was charged with the loss. Spradlin (3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO) got the Trojans out of a fifth inning jam when he came on with one out and the bases loaded and Adam Sorgi lined into an inning-ending double play. He then held the Cardinal scoreless for the next three innings but was removed from the game after walking Rapoport to lead off the bottom of the ninth.

Stanford and USC are scheduled to conclude the series on Sunday (1 pm, PT). Stanford is scheduled to send RHP Nolan Gallagher (0-1, 1.76) to the mound to face Trojan RHP Brett Bannister (1-0, 4.26).

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