Juhl's First Career Homer Leads Cardinal To 5-4 Victory
May 10, 2006
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Brian Juhl¹s first career home run in the sixth inning proved to be the game-winner in Stanford¹s 5-4 victory over Sacramento State on Wednesday afternoon at Hornet Field.
The Cardinal improves to 24-21 on the year, while the Hornets fall to 20-29, losing their last two games by one-run scores.
Both teams used the first inning to do the majority of their offensive damage. Brent Milleville¹s two run double in the top of the first helped Stanford to a 3-0 lead, scoring Michael Taylor and Chris Minaker. Stanford put up three runs on three hits in the inning, with Taylor responsible for the first run of the game, recording a RBI-single to left that plated Ryan Seawell.
Sacramento State responded in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs on four hits to tie the game. Stanford left-hander Blake Holler recorded two quick outs, but catcher Buddy Morales kept the inning going with a single to left field. First baseman Devin Spurling¹s single put runners on the corners for sophomore third baseman David Flores. The Union City, Calif., native singled to plate Morales for the Hornets¹ first run.
Sacramento State tied the game on senior Jim Strombach¹s two-run triple down the right field line. It was the Aiea, Hawaii, native¹s third triple of the year and seventh of his career. Strombach also recorded his ninth sacrifice of the season and 12th stolen base.
Stanford added its fourth run of the game off Juhl¹s RBI-single to left field in the third. Juhl finished his day 2-for-4 with one run scored and two RBIs.
Morales led off the bottom of the inning for Sacramento State with his 13th double of the year. Spurling¹s sacrifice advanced Morales to third, and the West Covina, Calif., native scored the game-tying run on Flores¹ double down the left field line.
Flores finished the game 3-for-4 with two RBIs and one run scored. The James Logan High School graduate is now leading the team with a .338 average and15 doubles.
Morales reached base on four occasions, going 2-for-2 while being hit by a pitch and walked.
Senior Travis Kane (3-5) took the loss for Sacramento State, pitching two innings and allowing one run on one hit.
Stanford¹s David Stringer (3-4) earned the win, pitching 5.2 innings and holding the Hornets scoreless on two hits.
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