Stanford Runs Win Streak To Seven With 11-7 Victory Over Santa Clara
May 16, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford (28-21) ran its longest win streak of the season to seven in a row with an 11-7 victory over Santa Clara (28-26) in a non-conference contest at Sunken Diamond on Tuesday. The Cardinal trailed 6-0 after four and a half innings before exploding with an eight-run fifth frame. Chris Minaker and Jason Castro both homered in the Stanford fifth with Minaker's three-run homer tying the contest at 6-6 and Castro's two-run shot three batters later giving the Cardinal the lead for good. Michael Taylor (5-5, 2B) extended his hit streak to a new career-high nine games with the first five-hit contest of his career and the first by a Stanford player this season, while Jim Rapoport (2-3, 3 RBI) drove in three runs.
'It's a great feeling when everyone is hitting and scoring,' said Taylor. 'When one guy hits the ball everyone hits the ball hard; it's contagious. Obviously, I was really excited about getting five hits tonight, but the main thing is that we won. It's exciting to still have a chance to go to the playoffs and compete for a national title. To have all of those things together, that's what it's all about.'
Erik Davis (1-1) was credited with his first victory of the season despite allowing a pair of runs on three hits with one strikeout over 2.0 innings of middle relief.
Daniel DeMarco (5-4) took the loss for the Broncos, allowing both Cardinal homers and giving up five runs on five hits over 2.1 innings of relief.Kevin Drever (4-4, 2B, SB) had four hits and scored three runs for Santa Clara. Carl Bacon (2-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) added a homer and a pair of RBI, while Kris Watts (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI) and Daniel Nava (2-4, RBI, SB) also had two-hit games for the Broncos.
Stanford returns to action with its final Pac-10 series of the season in a three-game set at UCLA this Friday-Sunday, May 19-21 (6 pm, 2 pm, 1 pm, PT).
A full recap will follow.
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