Eight-Run Fifth Inning Lifts Stanford To 11-4 Win Over No. 16 Arizona State
April 30, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - Jim Rapoport's inside-the-park grandslam capped an eight-run fifth inning and lifted Stanford (19-19, 5-10 Pac-10) to an 11-4 win over No. 16 Arizona State (29-16, 8-7 Pac-10) in the rubber game of a three-game series before a crowd of 2004 spectators enjoying a beautiful and warm afternoon at Sunken Diamond. Chris Minaker (3-5, 2B, 2 RBI) extended his hit streak to eight games with his sixth multiple-hit contest during the stretch, while John Hester (2-3, 2B, 2 RBI) and Michael Taylor (2-5, 2 RBI) each had a pair of hits and drove in two runs. Brendan Domaracki (2-2, 2B) and Ryan Seawell (2-4) and also had a pair of hits each.
Brett Wallace (2-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) accounted for half of Arizona State's runs on his two-run shot with no outs in the fourth, while Colin Curtis (2-4, RBI), Preston Paramore (2-4, RBI) and Frank Mesa (2-4) also had two-hit efforts.
Sun Devil starter Jeff Urlaub (5-2) was tagged with the loss, allowing five runs on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts before he could get an out in the big Cardinal fifth.
Stanford's win gave the Cardinal a series victory for the first time since the club took two-of-three at Fresno State from February 24-26. The five-game series losing streak was Stanford's longest since dropping seven series in a row by losing its final six of 1993 and its first of 1994.
Stanford continues a busy slate with a non-conference game at California on Monday (2:30 pm, PT). The Cardinal returns to Sunken Diamond to host San Jose State in the first of four straight home contests on Tuesday (6 pm, PT), before welcoming California to The Farm for a three-game Pac-10 series next Friday-Sunday (6 pm, 4 pm, 1 pm, PT).
The first two games of the California series will be televised live with Friday night's game airing on Comcast Sports Net and Saturday's contest on Fox Sports Net Bay Area. There will also be promotions for the final two contests of the series. On Saturday, the 'All-Time Starting 9' as voted upon by fans throughout the 2006 season will be announced and the first 2000 people through the gate will receive limited edition 'All-Time Starting 9' trading cards. The annual Little League Day will be held in conjunction with Sunday's contest.