No. 16 Stanford Hangs On For 7-6 Victory Against USC

March 10, 2006

LOS ANGELES --- Erik Davis retired the last two batters he faced with the bases loaded in the ninth Friday as the No. 16 Stanford Cardinal held on for the 7-6 nonconference victory over the host USC Trojans. The Trojans used four straight singles, but fell short in the rally.

Chris Lewis went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI while Joey August went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI for the Cardinal (11-5). Nolan Gallagher earned the win to improve to 2-0 on the season with one scoreless inning in relief.

USC (10-10) got three-hit nights by first baseman Lucas Duda and center fielder Darin Vieira. Trojan ace Ian Kennedy did not figure in the decision after allowing five runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Baron Frost started the scoring for USC with an RBI single in the first, scoring Blake Sharpe. Stanford took the lead in the third when Chris Minaker hit a two-run double to center off Kennedy. August's two-run homer in the seventh knocked out Kennedy, giving the Cardinal the 5-2 advantage.

Hector Estrella and Matt Cusick walked to lead off the USC seventh. After a sacrifice advanced both runners, Cyle Hankerd lifted a fly ball to right, but Stanford's Michael Taylor had the ball bounce off his glove to score Estrella on the error. Duda then singled Cusick home and Frost's sacrifice fly to right tied the game at five apiece.

Taylor led off the eighth with a walk, followed by a walk to Randy Molina. A balk was called against USC reliever John Dunn (1-1), putting the runners at second and third. Lewis then belted a two-run double to left for a 7-5 Stanford lead.

With one out in the ninth, the Trojans loaded the bases with one out after pinch hitter Josh Fogel singled to left. Vieira hit an RBI single to left before Davis came in and retired J.J. Owen and Estrella to earn his second save on the year.

The series continues tomorrow at 1 p.m. with the series finale on Sunday, also at 1 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com with the video webcast courtesy of College Sports' All-Access.

STAN	002-100-220---7-11-1USC	100-001-301---6-13-1

WP - Gallagher (2-0) LP - Dunn (1-1) S - Davis (2_T - 3:27 ATT - 343Records: Stanford (11-5), USC (10-10)

Reynolds, Bleich (7), Gallagher (7), Ratliff (8), Davis (9) and Hester.Kennedy, Dunn (7), Olsen (9) and Bowden, Salinas (7), Owen (9).

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