No. 12 Stanford Opens Defense Of Pac-Title With 14-5 Win At Washington State
April 1, 2005
Pullman, Wash. - Two-defending Pac-10 champion and No. 12 Stanford (15-9, 1-0 Pac-10) opened defense of its conference title with a convincing 13-4 victory at Washington State (15-15, 0-4 Pac-10) in the opener of a three-game series on a chilly and windy evening at Bailey-Brayton Field. Michael Taylor (4-5, 3 2B, 3 RBI) had the first four-hit game of his career and added a career-high-tying three RBI while also doubling three times. Stanford pounded out a season-high 20 hits with 10 for extra-bases including a season-high eight doubles.
John Mayberry, Jr. (3-4, 2B, RBI) and Adam Sorgi (3-7, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) added three hits for the Cardinal, while Chris Lewis (2-3, 2B, 2 RBI), Jim Rapoport (2-4, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 SB), Jed Lowrie (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI), John Hester (2-5, RBI) and Chris Minaker (2-7, 2B) had two each.
Mark Romanczuk (5-3) earned the victory by allowing just three runs on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts over the first 6.0 innings. Nolan Gallagher picked up his second save of the season with three effective innings of relief work, allowing just two runs and five hits with three strikeouts.
Washington State starter James Freeman (6-2) took the loss, giving up seven runs on 11 hits and a walk over the first 4.0 frames.
The victory was Stanford's 21st in a row over Washington State dating back to the last Cougar win in the series on March 28, 1978.
Stanford and Washington State continue the three-game set Saturday (1 pm, PT) and Sunday (12 pm, PT). Stanford is scheduled to start RHP Jeff Gilmore (4-1, 2.84) versus Washington State RHP Wayne Daman, Jr. (4-1, 3.02) on Saturday. On Sunday, Washington State is slated to go with RHP Nick Cebula, while the Cardinal has not announced a probable starter.