No. 8 Baylor Ends Stanford's Season With Dramatic 4-3 Victory In 12 Innings

June 6, 2005

Waco, Tex. - Jeff Mandel's first career homer to lead off the top of the 12th inning lifted No. 8 Baylor (42-20) to a dramatic 4-3 victory over Stanford (34-25) in the first championship game of the NCAA Waco Regional on Monday at Baylor Ballpark. Mandel also allowed just two hits in 3.0 scoreless innings of relief on the mound to earn the victory. Baylor also had a key solo homer from Seth Fortenberry, who tied the game at 3-3 with a one-out solo blast off Reynolds in the top of the ninth.

Greg Reynolds (2-3) took the loss despite striking out a career-high 10 batters in an 11.0 inning outing that was the longest of his career.

Stanford loaded the bases in the bottom of the 12th on back-to-back one-out singles by Michael Taylor and John Hester, as well as a pair of stolen bases and an intentional walk to Jim Rapoport, but Ryan LaMotta struck out Ben Summerhays to end the game and earn his sixth save of the season.

Jed Lowrie and Chris Lewis both homered in the game for the Cardinal.

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