Stanford Moves On To Regional Title Game With 12-8 Win At Texas
June 3, 2006
Austin, Tex. - Stanford (32-25) moved on to Sunday's championship game of the 2006 Austin Regional with a wild 12-8 victory over defending national champion and No. 3 national seed Texas (41-20) in a winners' bracket game on Saturday at Disch-Falk Stadium. John Hester (2-4, HR, 4 RBI) had his first career grandslam in the second inning and tied a career-high four RBI to help the Cardinal come back from an early 3-0 deficit, while Erik Davis recorded his third save of the season by thwarting a furious Longhorn rally in the seventh and pitching 2.1 hitless innings to preserve the Cardinal lead.
The trio of Jason Castro (3-4, 3B, 2 RBI), Chris Lewis (3-4) and Michael Taylor (3-4) combined for nine of Stanford's 16 hits and nine of the team's 12 runs with each player scoring three times and collecting three hits. Chris Minaker (2-5, RBI) also had a pair of hits while Jim Rapoport drove in a pair of runs.
Starter Nolan Gallagher (5-4) picked up the victory by lasting until two outs in the seventh inning despite allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
Stanford will play at 4 pm, CT/2 pm, PT on Sunday against the winner of day's first contest in an elimination game between North Carolina State (39-22) and Texas. A Cardinal victory on Sunday in its eighth consecutive NCAA Regional title game would move Stanford on to one of eight NCAA Super Regionals to be held Friday-Monday, June 9-12.
A full recap will follow.