UCLA Beats Stanford, 8-7, On Tim Stewart's Ninth Inning Walkoff Homer
May 21, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - Tim Stewart's two-out walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth lifted UCLA (30-22, 12-9 Pac-10) to a dramatic 8-7 victory over Stanford (29-22, 11-13 Pac-10) in a key series rubber game between the clubs Sunday at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The homer was the second of the game for Stewart (2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI), who also had a three-run blast to cap a six-run Bruin fifth that erased an early 5-0 Stanford lead. Blair Dunlap (2-3, HR, RBI) also had a key long ball for the Bruins when he led off the bottom of the eighth with a solo shot that answered Michael Taylor's solo shot in the top half of the inning that had given Stanford a 7-6 lead.
Chris Lewis (3-4, HR, 3 RBI) also homered and drove in three runs for the Cardinal in the contest, while Jason Castro (2-4, 2B, RBI) and Grant Escue (2-3) added two hits each with Castro extending his career-high hit streak to 10 games. Chris Minaker also ran his hit streak to nine with an RBI single in the top of the first.
Matt Manship (2-6) took the loss, allowing both Stewart's second homer as well as Dunlap's.
Josh Roenicke (2-3) pitched a scoreless top of the ninth for the Bruins to pick up the victory, allowing just one walk and striking out two.
Cody Decker (2-4) and Ryan Babineau (2-4) added two hits each for UCLA.
Stanford will conclude its 2006 regular season with three non-conference contests next week, beginning with a game at Pacific on Wednesday, May 24 (2 pm, PT). The game was originally scheduled for the previous day but was moved to Wednesday to allow members of the Stanford baseball program to attend Tuesday memorial services for former head coach Dutch Fehring, who passed away at the age of 93 on April 13. The Cardinal will then play a two-game home-and-home series with UC Davis, hosting the Aggies on Friday (6 pm, PT) before traveling to Davis on Saturday (2 pm, PT).