No. 24 Stanford Four-Hit In 4-2 Loss To No. 7 Texas
Feb. 18, 2006
Adrian Alaniz and Joey Parigi combined on a four-hitter to lift No. 7 Texas (5-4) to a 4-2 victory over No. 24 Stanford (4-3) in the delayed opener of a three-game non-conference series Saturday at Sunken Diamond. Alaniz (5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO) earned the victory to improve to 2-0 before Parigi (3.1 IP, 1 H, 2 SO) retired 10 of the 11 batters he faced to pick up his first save of the campaign.
Drew Stubbs (3-5, RBI) led the Longhorns offense, while Jordan Danks had a key two-out, two-RBI single in the top of the first to give Texas an early 2-0 advantage. Kyle Russell (2-3, 2B), Nick Peoples (2-4, 2 SB) and Carson Kainer (2-4) each added a pair of hits for the Longhorns, who outhit Stanford by a 12-4 count.
Taylor's two-out RBI-double in the bottom of the first that brought home Chris Minaker, who had started the rally with a two-out walk, was the team's only extra-base and one of only two in the game on a cold day with the gametime temperature at 53 degrees.
Lewis tied the game at 2-2 with his clutch two-out RBI single up the middle in the bottom of the second. However, Stanford was unable to cause any more damage in the inning despite the back-to-back leadoff walks Alaniz issued to John Hester and Sean Ratliff, and an error later in the inning by Stubbs that allowed Lewis to go all the way to third after his single up the middle was misplayed by the Longhorn centerfielder. The threat was stymied by a failed sacrifice bunt attempt and a picked off runner.
Stanford would manage only two hits after Lewis' second inning single as Alaniz settled down to retire 10 consecutive batters before a sixth inning leadoff single by Jim Rapoport. An Alaniz wild pitch moved Rapoport to third but Parigi left him there by coming on with two outs to strike out pinch-hitter Brent Milleville.
Parigi would allow only Cord Phelps' two-out pinch-hit single in the bottom of the eighth the rest of the way.
Texas went ahead, 3-2, when Russell singled to lead off the fourth, moved to second on sacrifice bunt from Clay VanHook and third on a single from People before hustling home to beat a close play at the plate after Reynolds' wild pitch.
The Longhorns added an insurance tally in the top of the ninth off Cardinal reliever Erik Davis (2.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO). People started the inning with a leadoff single and moved to second on Chris Fuller's sacrifice but, before stealing third and scoring on an RBI single from Stubbs. David Stringer (0.2 IP, 1 K) came on to get the final two outs for the Cardinal.
Stanford starter Greg Reynolds (6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO) took the loss.
The schedule for the remainder of the series has changed for the second time with single games now scheduled for Sunday and Monday, starting both days at 1 pm, PT. Stanford's game versus Nevada originally scheduled for Monday has been moved back to Tuesday at 2 pm, PT.
Texas is slated to go with RHP Kyle McCullough (0-1, 1.74) on Sunday versus Stanford RHP Matt Manship (0-1, 9.95). The Longhorns have also announced RHP Randy Boone (1-0, 4.15) as its probable starter for Monday, while Stanford has yet to make an announcement. Neither Stanford or Nevada have named a probable pitcher for Tuesday's game.
A full recap will follow.