Stanford Scores Four Runs In Eighth To Beat San Jose State, 6-2
May 2, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford (20-20) scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to rally for a 6-2 victory over San Jose State (30-18) in a non-conference contest on a warm Tuesday evening at Sunken Diamond. Brent Milleville's one-out RBI single in the eighth snapped a 2-2 tie, scoring Ryan Seawell with the eventual game-winning run. The Cardinal scored another run in the ninth on an errant throw by Spartan rightfielder Chris Balatico before Chris Minaker capped the dramatic rally with a two-RBI single up the middle.
Minaker (2-4, HR, 3 RBI) also hit his team-high sixth homer with a solo shot in the fourth inning to tie the game at 1-1 and continued his hot hitting by extending his hit streak to 10 games. Ryan Seawell (2-3) added a pair of hits for the Cardinal to increase his hit streak to a career-high-tying games and hit safely for the 10th time in his 11 contests. Jim Rapoport drove in the other Cardinal run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning that scored Milleville, who had reached on an error to start the inning when his long fly ball to the warning track in leftcenter field was dropped by Spartan left fielder Chris Williammee. Rapoport also had a single in the eighth inning rally that loaded the bases and preceded Balatico's throwing error that allowed pinch-runner J.J. Jelmini to score.
Sean Ratliff (2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 SO) shut the Spartans out after coming into the game in the seventh inning to improve to 2-0 on the season. Blake Holler (2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO) and Austin Yount (1.1 IP, 1 BB) also pitched in relief of starter Jeremy Bleich (3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO).
Stanford will next host California in a three-game Pac-10 series at Sunken Diamond this Friday-Sunday, May 5-7 (6 pm, 4 pm, 1 pm, PT).
The first two games of the Stanford-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.
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