Three Ninth Inning Runs Give No. 21 Stanford Dramatic 3-2 Win Over UCLA
May 13, 2005
Stanford, Calif. - John Hester doubled home John Mayberry, Jr. with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to cap a dramatic three-run rally and lift No. 21 Stanford (28-18, 9-7 Pac-10) to a 3-2 victory over UCLA (12-34, 1-15 Pac-10) in the opener of a three-game Pac-10 series at Sunken Diamond on Friday. Jeff Gilmore (9-1) tossed his second complete game of the season to earn the victory, allowing just two runs on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts.
Jim Rapoport started the Cardinal ninth with a leadoff single and Jed Lowrie ended the shutout bid by eventual losing pitcher Hector Ambriz (2-5) two batters later when he doubled down the left field line to bring home Rapoport. John Mayberry, Jr. followed with an RBI single to score Lowrie and moved up to second base on an attempt to throw Lowrie out at the plate. After the Bruins got Michael Taylor to pop up, Ambriz intentionally walked Minaker to set up Hester's game-winning hit.
'When someone is intentionally walked in front of you, you make it your mission to make them pay for it,' said Hester. 'To pull off a big Pac-10 game like this is big for us.'
'We've been struggling with the bat a lot lately, but we strung together a bunch of hits in the ninth and came up with a big win,' added Stanford head coach Mark Marquess.
Stanford and UCLA continue the series with single games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, both beginning at 1 pm, PT. UCLA is scheduled to start RHP Bryan Beck (0-9, 5.87) on Saturday, while the Cardinal is slated to go with LHP Mark Romanczuk (5-4, 4.31). UCLA has announced RHP Brant Rustich (2-4, 5.40) as its Sunday starter, while the Cardinal has yet to name its probable pitcher for Sunday.
Friday's contest versus the Bruins was the first of a seven-game homestand that will conclude the Stanford's 2005 regular season home schedule. The Cardinal will also host Saint Mary's (Tuesday, May 17, 6 pm, PT) and Arizona (Friday-Sunday, May 20-22, 6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm, PT) on the homestand.
Stanford will host several promotions during its upcoming seven-game homestand, beginning with Youth Baseball Day and a post-game Poster-Autograph Session on Sunday, May 15. The club's final home series versus Arizona will have a promotional event each day, starting with the popular Town & Country Fireworks Show after the series-opener on Friday, May 20. The annual Team Appreciation BBQ will take place after Saturday's contest with Fan Appreciation/Senior Day slated for Sunday.
A full recap will follow.