Stanford Rallies For 9-7 Win In First Game Of Doubleheader

April 1, 2006

STANFORD, Calif. -- In the first game of a Pac-10 baseball doubleheader, Stanford used a six-run seventh inning for the 9-7 win as Chris Lewis went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI, including the go-ahead runs in the seventh after USC had led 7-2 at one point.

Max Fearnow got the win (1-0) with an inning in relief while Jeremy Bleich recorded his seventh save of the season with two scoreless innings in relief. USC closer Paul Koss took the loss to fall to 0-3 on the season.

Neither starter figured in the decision after Stanford's Greg Reynolds allowed seven runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings while USC's Ian Kennedy gave up five runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Chris Minaker hit a two-run homer off Kennedy in the first on a 2-1 pitch, giving Stanford the early 2-0 lead. USC's Matt Cusick led off the fourth with a solo home run to right, his second of the season.

Stanford had a runner at third with one out in the second, but Kennedy struck out Lewis and Cord Phelps to end the threat. The Cardinal led off the bottom of the third with back-to-back singles from Joey August and Jim Rapoport, but Kennedy came up big again as he retired the next three batters in order including strikeouts against Michael Taylor and Randy Molina.

The Trojans took the lead in the fifth after Darin Vieira walked and Lucas Duda was hit by a Reynolds pitch. Both runners advanced on a passed ball allowed by Stanford catcher John Hester before Trojan catcher Johnny Bowden tied the game with an RBI ground out. Hector Estrella singled home Duda and stole second. Cusick delivered an RBI triple to right, plating Estrella. Blake Sharpe then laced a single into center as the Trojans posted four runs in the inning for a 5-2 advantage.

Duda made it a 7-2 USC score in the sixth after belting a two-run triple to center.

Lewis got a run for the Cardinal back in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single to left before the big seventh inning. Molina and Hester hit back-to-back RBI singles off reliever John Dunn and had runners at first and second with one out. USC pitcher David Parrow threw to one batter, retiring pinch hitter Brent Milleville on a fly out before the Trojans brought in Paul Koss. On the 0-1 pitch, Lewis drilled his third homer of the season with a three-run home run to left as the Cardinal took the 8-7 lead. J.J. Jelmini then doubled down the right field line and scored on Rapoport's RBI single.

Game OneUSC	000-142-000---7-7-0STAN	200-001-60x---9-15-0

WP - Fearnow (1-0) LP - Koss (0-3) S - Bleich (7)T - 2:56Records: USC (15-13, 2-2), Stanford (13-9, 2-2)

Kennedy, Dunn (7), Parrow (7), Koss (7), Olsen (7), Zelenay (8) and Bowden.Reynolds, Davis (6), Fearnow (7), Bleich (8) and Hester.

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