Stanford Wins Austin Regional With 17-7 Victory Over NC State
June 4, 2006
Austin, Tex. - Stanford (33-25) erupted with a 17-7 victory over North Carolina State (40-23) in the championship game of the NCAA Austin Regional on Sunday at Disch-Falk Field to advance to Super Regional action for the first time since 2003. Stanford will face either Oregon State or Hawaii in a best two-of-three series that will begin either next Friday or Saturday with sites and dates to be announced Monday on ncaasports.com at approximately 6 pm, PT.
Regional Most Outstanding Player Chris Minaker (5-5, 2 2B, 3B, 2 RBI) scored a career-high six of Stanford's season-high 17 runs and had a career-high-tying five of the club's season-high 24 hits to lead the offensive outburst. Michael Taylor (4-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI) and Ryan Seawell (4-6, 3B, 3 RBI) added four hits each, while Chris Lewis (2-5, 4 RBI) had a pair of hits and drove in four. Jason Castro (2-5, 3B) and John Hester (2-6, 2B, RBI) also had a pair of hits each.
Reliever Austin Yount improved to 4-0 by picking up the victory, limiting a potent North Carolina State club to a pair of runs on one hit and three walks with two strikeouts over 3.1 innings of work. Erik Davis got his second save of the Regional when he came in and closed the door on a potential Wolfpack comeback in the bottom of the eighth inning when he induced potential tying run Jon Still into an inning ending fielders choice that left the bases loaded and the Cardinal holding an 11-7 lead.
Stanford scored six insurance runs in the top of the ninth for the final 17-7 margin.
A full recap will follow.