Stanford Avoids Elimination With 6-2 Victory Over Texas-San Antonio

June 5, 2005

Waco, Tex. - Stanford (33-24) stayed alive in the 2005 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship with a 6-2 victory over Texas-San Antonio (27-34) in an elimination game at the Waco Regional at Baylor Ballpark on Sunday. John Mayberry, Jr. (3-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) and Adam Sorgi (3-4, 2B, 2 RBI) had three hits and combined to drive in five of the six Stanford runs, while Chris Lewis' solo homer accounted for the other Cardinal score. The victory moves Stanford into another elimination contest on Sunday evening (7 pm, CT/5 pm, PT) against the loser of Sunday afternoon's Baylor (40-21)/Texas Christian (41-18) winners' bracket game.

Stanford starter Matt Leva (5-2) earned the victory by not allowing a run while scattering six hits with a walk and three strikeouts over the first 5.0 innings. Matt Manship recorded his fourth save of the season and 16th of his career, striking out four of the eight batters he faced with 2.2 perfect innings of scoreless relief.

Stanford got on the scoreboard with an unearned run in the third inning without a hit to take a 1-0 lead. Jim Rapoport walked to lead off the inning, stole second base, moved to third when Roadrunner shortstop Ryan Crew made a throwing error on Ben Summerhays' grounder and scored on a sacrifice fly by Sorgi.

Lewis' one-out solo homer in the fifth put the Cardinal ahead, 2-0.In the sixth, Mayberry made UTSA pay for a two-out intentional walk to Jed Lowrie in front of him with a long three-run homer over the left field wall. Lowrie and Michael Taylor, who had reached earlier in the inning on a fielders choice, scored on Mayberry's blast.

The Cardinal added another run in the top of the seventh to take a 6-0 lead when Rapoport doubled and moved to third when USTA centerfielder Sean Danielson misplayed the ball in rightcenter. Sorgi then came through two batters later with an RBI single.

The Roadrunners avoided a shutout when Eric Moreno singled to lead off the bottom of the seventh and Michael McKennon followed with a two-run homer over the right field fence off Cardinal reliever Blake Holler (1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB). UTSA got the rally restarted with one out when Saltzgaber singled before Holler walked Danielson but Manship came on to get the Cardinal out of the jam by striking out J.R. Voyles and Crew.

A full recap and notes will follow.

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