No. 14 Stanford Cruises To 7-1 Win Over San Francisco
April 12, 2005
Stanford, Calif. - No. 14 Stanford (20-11) scored five runs in the first two innings and four pitchers limited USF (23-12) to one run in a 7-1 Cardinal non-conference victory on Tuesday at Sunken Diamond. Erik Davis (1-0) notched his first collegiate win as the local Mountain View product allowed just one run and scattered five hits with three strikeouts in a career-best 5.0 innings. Relievers Jeff Stimpson (1.2 IP, 1 H, 4 BB), Greg Reynolds (1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 SO) and Matt Manship (1.0 IP, 2 SO) blanked the Dons over the final 4.0 frames.
'We are able to get a couple of key hits in the first couple of innings to take advantage of two errors USF made,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'It was big to get a lead early in the game, and then we pitched very well after that.'
'It takes a lot of pressure on you when your team gives you great run support early in the game,' added Davis. 'I was able to go out there and just pitch. I was happy I could just help the team win.'
Adam Sorgi (3-3, RBI) had three of Stanford's 14 hits and reached base in all four of his plate appearances by adding a walk. Chris Minaker (2-3, 2B, 2 RBI) and Brendan Domaracki (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI) each added two hits and two RBI, while Jim Rapoport (2-3) and Michael Taylor (2-4) also had two-hit contests.
Royce Fukuroku (2-3, HR, RBI) accounted for the only San Francisco run with his solo homer to lead off the second inning. Tavo Hall (2-3) and Cy Donald also had two hits each for USF.
USF starter T.J. Franco (2-3) took the loss, allowing five runs (three earned) on nine hits with one strikeout over the first 4.0 innings.
Stanford returns to Pac-10 play with a critical three-game series at Arizona State (22-15, 3-3 Pac-10) this Friday-Sunday, March 15-17 (6:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 1:00 pm, MT). The two-time defending Pac-10 champion Cardinal is currently in fourth-place in the conference standings with a 4-2 mark, sitting 2.5 games behind early league leader and sixth-ranked Arizona (8-1 Pac-10). Oregon State (5-1) and USC (6-3) are also ahead of Stanford in the conference standings.
A full recap will follow.