Chris Minaker's Big Day Lifts Stanford To 13-9 Win Over No. 7 Texas
Feb. 20, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - Chris Minaker (4-5, 2B, HR, 5 RBI) drove in a career-high five runs and hit his second career grandslam to cap a nine-run third inning to lift Stanford (6-3) to a 13-9 victory over No. 7 Texas (5-6) in the rubber game of a three-game series at Sunken Diamond on Monday afternoon. The Cardinal took advantage of five walks, a hit batsmen and a wild pitch by Texas pitchers in the inning as four of the runs were walked in by the Longhorn staff and another scored on a wild pitch.
Blake Holler (1-0) picked up the victory with Stanford's longest relief outing of the year, scattering eight hits and four runs with four strikeouts in 4.2 frames of work.
Taylor and Castro started Stanford's third with back-to-back one-out singles before John Hester was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Losing pitcher Randy Boone (0-2, 2.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB) was removed in favor of Kyle Walker, who proceeded to walk in three runs and uncork a wild pitch for another Cardinal score before walking his fourth consecutive batter to reload the bases before being taken out of the contest. Kenn Kasparek (2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO) walked in another run before giving up Minaker's shot over the left field wall.
Drew Stubbs (3-4, HR, 2 RBI) and Carson Kainer (3-4, 3B, 2 RBI) had three hits each for the Longhorns, while Kyle Russell (2-4, 3B, 2 RBI) and Brett Lewis (2-4, 2B, RBI) added two apiece.
Stanford is scheduled to close out a season-opening 10-game homestand versus Nevada on Tuesday (2 pm, PT) before playing its next 10 contests on the road. Neither team has announced a starting pitcher for Tuesday's contest.
A full recap will follow.