Oregon State Takes First Game Of Super Regional Over Stanford, 4-3
June 10, 2006
Corvallis, Ore. - Corvallis, Ore. - Mitch Canham's two-out RBI double in the bottom of the seventh scored Bill Rowe with the eventual game-winning run to lead No. 4 Oregon State (43-14) to a 4-3 victory over No. 17 Stanford (33-26) in the opening game of the NCAA Corvallis Super Regional on Friday. Dallas Buck (8.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO) improved to 12-2 on the season with 8.0 solid innings of work before Kevin Gunderson came on to pitch a perfect ninth and record his 17th save of the season and the 34th of his career.
The Beavers scored a pair of unearned runs in the contest off Stanford starter and losing pitcher Greg Reynolds (7-6), who allowed a total of four runs (two earned) on seven hits and four walks with nine strikeouts.
'This was a great game tonight,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'It's just one of those things where we gave them a couple of extra outs and they took advantage of it as good teams do. We've been playing pretty good defense, but we made a couple of errors [tonight] that came back to bite us because two of those guys came back to score.'
One of the runs that scored was the game-winner when Rowe reached to lead off the inning on an error by Stanford first baseman Jason Castro, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Graham and third on a groundout from John Wallace before scoring on Rowe's game-winner that fell just short of Cardinal left fielder Jim Rapoport.
The Beavers took advantage of Reynolds' wildness and another Cardinal error to score a pair of runs in the bottom of the third to retake a 3-2 lead. The two-run rally started when Stanford third baseman Randy Molina failed to come up with Chris Kunda's hard-hit ball. Reynolds then walked Cole Gillespie and Rowe followed with an RBI single that was just out of the reach of Stanford second baseman Chris Lewis, bringing Kunda around to score and tied the game at 2-2. Reynolds then hit Graham to load the bases before walking Wallace to force in Gillespie. Reynolds was able to regain control and limit the damage, striking out Canham and getting Shea McFeely to hit into a fielders' choice and leave the bases stranded.
Stanford had come into the game with a season-best string of six errorless games.
The Cardinal took a 2-1 lead on a two-run homer by Rapoport in the third and got another run to tie the game at 3-3 on a two-RBI single by Castro in the fifth but did not get another hit the rest of the way.
The victory put the Beavers one victory away from making their second consecutive College World Series, while Stanford will need to win the final two games of the best-of-three Super Regional to advance to the College World for the first time since 2003.
The Super Regional will continue on Sunday (7 pm, PT) with Stanford RHP Nolan Gallagher (5-4, 3.75) slated to take the hill for the Cardinal against Oregon State RHP Jonah Nickerson (9-4, 2.61). If Stanford wins on Sunday, the Super Regional will continue with a third and deciding game slated to begin at 4 pm, PT. Oregon State has announced RHP Mike Stutes (6-2, 2.71) as its probable starter for a Monday contest, while the Cardinal has not announced a probable starter.
'You can't say enough about how important tomorrow is,' said Stanford shortstop Chris Minaker. 'Tomorrow is going to be a battle. We're going to have to match the same intensity we had tonight and just perform a little bit better, because as we all know winner moves on and if we lose that's it. That's enough incentive to motivate you, but it's going to come down to performance.'
A full recap will follow.