Matt Leva Pitches No. 12 Stanford To 6-1 Win Over Pacific
March 24, 2005
Stanford, Calif. - Matt Leva pitched No. 12 Stanford (13-7) to a 6-1 win over Pacific (11-15) to earn his first victory of the season in a non-conference contest played at Sunken Diamond on Thursday. Leva struck out a career-high-tying six batters in a season-high 6.1 innings of work, allowing only one run on three hits and a walk. John Hester hit his first homer of the season for the Cardinal with a solo shot that started a two-out three-run Stanford rally in the bottom of the sixth. Jim Rapoport (2-2), Michael Taylor (2-3, 2B) and Brendan Domaracki (2-4, RBI) each had two hits for the Cardinal as Stanford outhit Pacific, 10-4. Stanford picked up its second straight win over the Tigers this season and has a 15-0-1 record versus the Tigers the last 16 times they have played at Sunken Diamond dating all the way back to February 8, 1977.
Brett Manning (2-4, 2 2B) had a pair of doubles and half of Pacific's four hits, while Will Brindza drove in the Tigers only run as Pacific lost for the eighth time in its last nine games overall.
Pacific starter Luke Massetti (4-3) took the loss, allowing six runs on nine hits and two walks with three strikeouts over the first 5.2 frames.
Stanford and Sacramento State (7-15-1) will play a home-and-home series this Friday-Saturday, March 24-25. The teams will meet at Sunken Diamond on Friday (6 pm, PT), before traveling to Sacramento on Saturday (2 pm, PT).
A full recap will follow.