No. 16 Arizona State Holds On For 11-7 Win Over Stanford
April 29, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - No. 16 Arizona State (29-15, 8-6 Pac-10) evened a three-game series at Stanford (18-19, 4-10 Pac-10) with an 11-7 victory over the Cardinal on Saturday at Sunken Diamond. Arizona State jumped to an early 6-1 lead and then withstood a Cardinal comeback that closed the margin to 8-7 after seven innings. The Sun Devils scored three insurance runs in the top of the ninth to open a four-run lead and then Brett Bordes got Jim Rapoport to pop up on a drag bunt attempt with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to complete a game that lasted 4:24 and was the longest of the season for the Cardinal, as well as the longest nine-inning contest of the campaign for the Sun Devils.
Ike Davis (2-6, 3 RBI) drove in three runs for Arizona State, while Andrew Romine (3-5, SB), CJ Retherford (2-5, 2 RBI, 2B) and Preston Paramore (2-5, RBI) had multiple-hit contests. Brett Wallace doubled and drove in a pair of runs.
Rapoport (3-6, 3B, 3 RBI) and Randy Molina (3-5, 2B) had three-hit games for the Cardinal, while Ryan Seawell drove in a pair of runs with a key pinch-hit single in the bottom of the seventh that cut the Arizona State lead to 8-7. Chris Minaker extended his hit streak to seven games with an RBI single in the third inning.
Bordes (2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 1 SO) picked up the save without being charged with a run as the fifth Sun Devil pitcher. Tony Barnette (3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO) was credited with the victory after entering the game for starter Zechry Zinicola (2.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 1 SO) before Zinicola could record an out in the third inning. Barnette limited the damage in the Cardinal third, entering the game after Minaker's RBI single brought Rapoport home with the third Cardinal run of the frame and not allowing any more Stanford scoring in the inning.
Stanford starter Jeremy Bleich (2-4) suffered the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts over the first 2.0 innings. Bleich started the top of the third but was removed after walking Seth Dhaenens and Eric Sogard to start the inning.
Erik Davis (4.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, career-high 5 SO) had a solid relief outing for the Cardinal, coming into the game after Max Fearnow (1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO) allowed a leadoff single to Romine in the fifth and not allowing another hit until back-to-back one-out singles in the ninth from Retherford and Romine, both of which eventually scored after being inherited by David Stringer (0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB).
The pitching staffs on the teams combined to walk 21 batters (Arizona State 11, Stanford 10) but the offenses stranded 25 baserunners (Stanford 13, Arizona State 12).
The teams are scheduled to play the rubber game of the series on Sunday (1 pm, PT). Neither club has officially announced a probable starting pitcher.
A full recap will follow.