Big Inning Leads Stanford Past UW, 14-6

May 13, 2006

SEATTLE - After surrendering four runs in the first, the Stanford baseball team posted nine in the second and three in the fourth to cruise to a 14-6 win over Washington Saturday in the second game of a three-game Pac-10 Conference series at Husky Ballpark.

The Cardinal (26-21 overall, 9-11 in the Pac-10) have won the first two games of the series. Washington fell to 32-22 on the season and 9-11 in Pac-10 play.

The Huskies, who were held scoreless in Friday's series-opening loss to the Cardinal, broke out in a big way Saturday, scoring four in the first. After leadoff hitter Jesse Ferguson was hit by a pitch and Matt Hague singled, a Curt Rindal sacrifice fly scored the UW's first run. After a flyout and a walk, catcher Matt Lane blasted his ninth homer of the year, a long shot down the right-field line, to stake the Huskies to a 4-0 lead.

Stanford, however, responded in the top of the second. After a one-out double from Chris Lewis, catcher Brian Juhl blooped a two-out single to shallow center, allowing Lewis to score. A pair of walks loaded the bases and DH Brent Escue hit a grounder off of Husky pitcher Kyle Parker's glove. UW second baseman Bradley Boyer, who fielded the ball after the deflection, tried to get the runner at first for the third out, but his throw went into the Husky dugout, allowing two runners to cross.

Stanford shortstop Chris Minaker, a senior from Edmonds-Woodway High, followed with his ninth home run of the year, a three-run blast that put the Cardinal on top, 6-4. After a single and a walk, Parker was relieved by sophomore Brandon McKerney. Lewis hit McKerney's first offering over the wall in left to cap a nine-run inning, leaving the Cardinal with a 9-4 lead.

The Cardinal were back at it in the third. After loading the bases with two singles and a walk, Minaker hit a hard grounder to third that could have led to an inning-ending double play, but Husky third baseman Matt Stevens bobbled the ball and all runners were safe. The next batter, Michael Taylor, singled to right to drive in one and when right fielder Cory Rickard mishandled the ball, a second run came across, increasing the lead to 12-4.

Washington got back on the board in the fifth when Stevens led off the inning with his 17th homer of the season. The Cardinal got that run back in the seventh on a Taylor sacrifice fly. In the eighth, Ryan Seawell doubled home a run to make it a 14-5 Stanford lead.

Lane led off the ninth with his second homer of the day and 10th of the year to cap the Huskies' scoring.

Neither starting pitcher lasted long. Parker (3-2) suffered the loss, allowing eight runs on six hits over one and two-thirds innings. Stanford starter Matt Leva worked just one inning, allowing four runs. Reliever Nolan Gallagher (3-3), who came on to begin the second, picked up the victory. He threw seven innings, surrendering just one run on nine hits and one walk while striking out five.

Minaker finished the game 3-for-6 with four RBI. Danny Cox led the UW with three hits.

The Huskies and Cardinal close out the series Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The game will air live on KKNW AM-1150 while live video and stats will be avaiable via

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference GameStanford 14, Washington 6Stanford      093 000 110 -- 14 15 2Washington    400 010 001 --  6 13 3Matt Leva, Nolan Gallagher (2), Max Fearnow (9) and BrianJuhl. Kyle Parker, Brandon McKerney (2), Tyler Cheney (4)and Matt Lane. W - Gallagher (3-3). L - Parker (3-2). 2B -SU, Chris Lewis, Chris Minaker; UW, Cory Rickard,Danny Cox. HR - SU, Minaker (9), Lewis (5); UW, Lane 2(10), Matt Stevens (17). T - 3:11. A - 872.
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