Michael Taylor Leads No. 24 Stanford To 5-1 Win Over No. 7 Texas
Feb. 19, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - Michael Taylor drove in a career-high four runs and three pitchers combined on a five-hitter to lead No. 24 Stanford (5-3) to a 5-1 victory over defending national champion and No. 7 Texas (5-5) on Sunday at Sunken Diamond, evening a three-game series that will conclude with a rubber game on Monday (1 pm, PT). Taylor's bases clearing three-RBI double in the bottom of the third inning sent a season-high crowd of 2473 into a frenzy and gave the Cardinal an early 3-0 lead that proved to be plenty of support for the trio of Matt Manship, Nolan Gallagher and Jeremy Bleich on the hill.
Chris Minaker also had a key RBI triple to plate Joey August in a two-run Cardinal fifth, before coming home on Taylor's sacrifice fly. August and Minaker scored two runs each for the Cardinal as both players scored in the third and fifth inning rallies, while Chris Lewis also crossed the plate in the third. John Hester (2-3) and Jason Castro (2-4, 2B) had two hits each for Stanford.
Gallagher (2.2 IP, 4 BB, 2 SO) got the win in relief of Manship (4.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO), while Bleich picked up his third save of the season by getting the final five outs with one strikeout.Chais Fuller (2-3, RBI) had two of Texas' five hits and drove in Preston Clark with a fifth inning RBI single to account for the Longhorns' lone run.
Texas starter Kyle McCulloch (0-2) took the loss, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts over the first 4.2 frames. Longhorn reliever Austin Wood (3.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 SO) held the Cardinal scoreless in his relief stint.
A full recap will follow.