Chris Minaker's Two-Out Ninth Inning Single Beats No. 8 Arizona, 5-4
May 21, 2005
Stanford, Calif. - Chris Minaker's clutch two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Jim Rapoport with the game-winning run to deliver Stanford (31-20, 11-9 Pac-10) a dramatic 5-4 victory over No. 8 Arizona (35-17, 15-5 Pac-10) on Saturday at Sunken Diamond and even a three-game Pac-10. Minaker's hard-hit grounder was out of the reach of a diving Wildcat third baseman Bryan Kervin and Rapoport raced home from second base to beat the throw home from Arizona leftfielder Trevor Crowe.
Rapoport had led off the bottom of the ninth with a single off losing pitcher Eric Berger (6-1). Arizona then brought Mark Melancon and the Wildcats' ace reliever forced pinch-hitter Ryan Seawell to pop-up on a sacrifice bunt attempt before striking out Chris Lewis for the second out. But Rapoport then stole his team-leading 12th base of the season to give the Cardinal a runner in scoring position and Adam Sorgi was intentionally walked in front of Minaker.
Minaker, who had also given Stanford a 4-3 lead in the fifth with a sacrifice fly, extended his career-high hit streak to nine in a row with his game-winning hit.
Chris Lewis (2-4, HR, 2 RBI, SB) hit a long two-run homer well up the light pole earlier in the fifth inning to tie the game at 3-3. Brendan Domaracki (2-3, RBI) also had two hits and drove in the other Cardinal run with a second inning single.
Nick Hundley (2-5, HR, RBI) and Jordan Brown accounted for three of Arizona's four runs by going deep. Hundley hit a solo shot to lead off the Arizona second and Brown's two-run shot followed a leadoff walk by Jeff Van Houten in the fourth. Brad Boyer brought in the other Arizona run with an RBI single in the top of the seventh to knot the contest at 4-4.
Greg Reynolds (2-2) earned the victory by getting the Cardinal out of a one-out bases loaded jam in the ninth.
Stanford will conclude its 2005 regular season home schedule and current seven-game homestand with Sunday's series finale (1:00 pm, PT) on Fan Appreciation/Senior Day. Arizona has named RHP Sean Rierson (3-2, 5.70) as its probable starting pitcher, while the Cardinal has announced RHP Matt Leva (4-2, 4.30).
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