Jeff Gilmore Pitches No. 24 Stanford To 2-1 Win Over Washington
April 22, 2005
Stanford, Calif. - Jeff Gilmore pitched his first complete game of the season and the third of his career to lead No. 24 Stanford (22-14, 5-5 Pac-10) to a 2-1 victory over Washington (24-15, 4-6 Pac-10) in the opener of a Pac-10 series at Sunken Diamond on Friday evening. Gilmore (6-1) allowed just four hits and struck out a career-high nine without walking a batter to outduel Husky starter Tim Lincecum (6-5), who took the loss despite giving up just two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks, while striking out 11 batters in a complete game effort of his own.
Stanford trailed 1-0 until scoring twice in the bottom of the sixth inning. Chris Lewis led off the inning with a single but was stranded on first base until Jed Lowrie drew a two-out walk to give Stanford runners on first and second base. John Mayberry, Jr. then came through with an RBI double to rightcenter to drive in Lewis. Lowrie also barreled around third base on the play and scored the eventual winning-run when Washington catcher Joey Dunn dropped a relay throw from shortstop Brent Lillibridge that would have nailed Lowrie at the plate.
Washington scored its only run in the top of the sixth to break up a scoreless tie through the first five innings when Lillibridge blooped a double just out of the reach of sliding Cardinal centerfielder Jim Rapoport with two outs and scored when Zach Clem followed with an RBI single between short and third.
Stanford and Washington will continue the three-game series on Saturday and Sunday with start times scheduled each day for 1 pm, PT. Stanford is scheduled to pitch LHP Mark Romanczuk (5-4, 4.98) on Saturday against Washington RHP Kyle Parker (6-4, 4.50). The Huskies have named RHP Matt Kasser (3-3, 5.36) as their probable starter for Sunday's finale, while Stanford has yet to announce a probable pitcher.
Friday night's game was televised by FOX Sports Net and will be shown on a tape-delayed basis on FOX Sports Bay Area this Sunday (11 am, PT) and Monday (12 pm, PT).
A full recap will follow.