No. 19 Stanford Avoids Sweep With 8-3 Win Over Kansas
Feb. 12, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - No. 19 Stanford (4-2) avoided being swept in a regular season three-game home series with an 8-3 victory over Kansas (6-2) at Sunken Diamond on Sunday. Matt Leva (1-0) earned the victory by spacing out three runs (two earned) and four hits with a walk and two strikeouts over the first 5.2 innings, while freshman Jeremy Bleich picked up his second save of the season by allowing just two hits and striking out five in 3.1 frames of scoreless relief.
Another pair of freshmen - Joey August and Austin Yount - led the Cardinal offense. August was 3-for-4 with a double in his first game as the team's leadoff hitter, while Yount doubled and drove in three runs. Jim Rapoport (2-3) and John Hester (2-4, RBI, SB) also had a pair of hits for a Cardinal offense that broke out of a slump with 10 hits after coming into the contest hitting just .199 as a team over its first five contests. Chris Lewis added a solo homer for Stanford, while Michael Taylor drove in a pair of runs on sacrifice flies despite not being credited with an official at bat. Taylor walked and was hit by a pitch in his other two plate appearances.
Gus Milner (3-4, 3B, HR, 3 RBI) continued his hot hitting for Kansas with half of the Jayhawks' six hits and both of their extra-baggers.
Former Stanford righty Kodiak Quick (5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO) took the loss for Kansas.
Stanford will return to action by hosting defending national champion and seventh-ranked Texas in a three-game series at Sunken Diamond next Friday-Sunday, February 17-19 (5 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm, PT).
A full recap will follow.