No. 17 Stanford Drops Second Straight To Washington State, 8-5

March 26, 2006

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Stanford, Calif. -

No. 17 Stanford (11-9, 0-2 Pac-10) dropped its second straight game to Washington State (20-6, 2-0 Pac-10) to open Pac-10 play and its fourth in a row overall, falling 8-5 on Sunday at Sunken Diamond. The Cardinal took an early 4-1 lead with four runs in the bottom of the first but could manage only one more score the rest of the way off five Washington State relievers.

Stanford made things exciting in the bottom of the ninth, when J.J. Jelmini led off with a walk and Jim Rapoport singled two batters later to bring the tying run to the plate, before Ryan Webb retired Minaker on a pop-out and struck out Michael Taylor to end the threat and earn his second save of the season 

Jay Miller (3-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI), Jeff Miller (3-5, RBI) and Ryan Krauser (3-5, 2B) had three hits each to pace a Cougar offense that outhit the Cardinal, 17-6. Paul Gran (2-3, 2B, 2 RBI) and Jim Murphy (2-4) added two hits apiece with Gran also scoring three of the Cougars eight runs.

Taylor (2-5, 2B, RBI) was the only Stanford player with more than one hit, while Chris Lewis drove in a pair of runs.

Jayson Miller (2-0) earned the victory as the first Cougar in relief of starter Nick Ison (1.0 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB), limiting the Cardinal to one run and a pair of hits with three strikeouts in 4.0 frames of work. Josh Williamson (2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 SO), Steve Kost (0.1 IP, 1 BB, 1 SO), Nick Cebula (0.2 IP) and Webb (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 SO) kept the Cardinal scoreless over the final four frames.

Nolan Gallagher (2-1) suffered his first loss of the season, despite allowing just two runs and spreading out eight hits with one walk and five strikeouts over 4.2 frames as the first Cardinal pitcher in relief of starter David Stringer (1.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB).

The teams will conclude the three-game set on Monday (11 am, PT) with Stanford scheduled to start RHP Matt Manship (0-2, 5.92) on the hill versus Washington State RHP Wayne Daman, Jr. (5-0, 2.38).

A full recap will follow

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