No. 13 Stanford Registers 4-3 Win In The Ninth

Feb. 26, 2005

STANFORD, Calif. - John Mayberry, Jr., beat out a potential inning-ending double play in the bottom of the ninth Saturday as the No. 13 Stanford Cardinal defeated the No. 22 USC Trojans, 4-3, in nonconference action at Sunken Diamond. With one out and the bases loaded, Jim Rapoport scored the winning run for the Cardinal.

Stanford (9-5) has now won seven consecutive regular season series against USC (4-2).

Blake Holler (3-0) earned the win with three innings of relief, allowing a run on two hits. Jack Spradlin (0-1) took the loss despite 3 2/3 strong innings for the Trojans, allowing only one run on two hits.

Billy Hart led the Trojans with a 3-for-4 day at the plate. USC pitcher Ian Kennedy had his shortest career stint, going just 4 1/3 innings. He allowed five hits and tied a career-high with five walks to go with four strikeouts.

The Trojans opened the scoring with a run in the first. Designated hitter Zack Kalter led off with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice by left fielder Roberto Lopez. Center fielder Daniel Perales walked, followed by Hector Estrella popping up to third for the second out. Freshman Matt Cusick delivered a single to left for the first run of the game.

Stanford answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Chris Minaker, who went 4-for-4 last night, hit a two-run double to left center to plate Chris Lewis and Michael Taylor. Minaker came around to score on a single to center by second baseman Jed Lowrie.

Freshman Lucas Duda hit an RBI groundout in the sixth for the Trojans as USC tied the game in the eighth with a two-out rally. Hart singled to left off Holler, followed by a double to left by pinch hitter Baron Frost.

Rapoport walked to lead off the Cardinal ninth before USC reliever Paul Koss entered the game. On a bunt by Taylor, first baseman Blake Sharpe threw to second, but Rapoport beat the throw. Another sacrifice by Minaker put runners at second and third with one out and the Trojans loaded the bases on an intentional walk to Lowrie. Mayberry, Jr., hit a chopper to short as Estrella retired Lowrie, but Cusick's throw to first was unable to beat out the runner.

The series concludes tomorrow at 1 p.m, weather permitting. There is a 40 to 50 percent chance of rain in the forecast for tomorrow. The game will be broadcast live, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com.

USC	000-011-010---3-6-0Stanford	000-030-001---4-6-0

Note: 2 outs, 2 runners LOB when the game ended.

WP-Holler (3-0) LP-Spradlin (0-1)T: 2:52 ATT: 2,196Records: USC (4-2) Stanford (9-5)

Kennedy, Spradlin (5), Koss (9) and Clement.Gilmore, Davis (6), Holler (7) and Hester.

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