Stanford's Season Ends Short Of Omaha With 15-0 Loss At Oregon State
June 11, 2006
Corvallis, Ore. - Oregon State (44-14) ended Stanford's 2006 season two wins short of reaching the College World Series with a dominating 15-0 victory on Sunday night over the Cardinal to wrap up the Corvallis Super Regional in two straight games at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The Beavers are going to Omaha for the second straight season and will be the only team from last year's field among the eight qualifying for the CWS in 2006. Stanford finishes its campaign with a 33-27 overall mark and its 13th consecutive postseason appearance.
'First of all congratulations to Oregon State,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'They have obviously had a great season, and they a great team. I wish them the very best in Omaha, and I'm sure they will do well.''From my team's standpoint, I'm very proud of this group,' continued Marquess. 'It's been a long season with some ups and downs, but they battled back and played very well at the end of the season.'
The Beavers set the tone right from the start of Sunday's action with a four-run first and then added six more runs in the fourth to lead 10-0 after just three and a half innings.
Saturday night's hero Mitch Canham (2-5, 2B, 5 RBI, SB) drove in five runs, while Tyler Graham (5-6, 2B, 3 RBI) had five hits. Bill Rowe (3-4, 2B, 3 RBI) also had three hits and three RBI in addition to scoring four runs and being hit by three pitches. Scott Santschi (2-4, HR, 2 RBI) added a pair of hits as well as the game's only home run, while Shea McFeely (2-5, 2 RBI), Chris Kunda (2-5) and Cole Gillespie (2-6) also had two-hit contests.
Oregon State's offensive outburst was more than enough for three Oregon State pitchers that combined to hand Stanford only its fourth shutout in 180 all-time postseason games and its first since Western Carolina blanked the Cardinal 5-0 in a 1992 NCAA South II Regional in Tallahassee, Florida. Jonah Nickerson (11-4) earned the victory by limiting the Cardinal to just five hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over the first 7.2 frames. Eddie Kunz got the final out in the eighth and Daniel Turpen struck out two in a perfect ninth to wrap up Oregon State's third shutout of Stanford in 2006 after the Beavers also shut the Cardinal out twice during the three-game regular season series between the teams in Corvallis from April 13-16.
The 15-run margin of defeat was the worst postseason loss in Stanford's illustrious history, eclipsing a previous 17-3 defeat at the hands of Miami in the first game of the 1983 College World Series.
'We were never really in tonight's game,' said Marquess. 'They scored four runs in the first inning and were really hitting the ball all over the ballpark. We just could not contain them. They really swung the bats well and then Nickerson was tough on us as he's been all season. We really didn't come close to scoring a run.'
Chris Minaker (2-4, 2B) was the only Stanford player with more than one hit in the final game of his Cardinal career. Minaker, who played every inning at shortstop in each of his last two seasons and started the final 157 games of his career, doubled in his final collegiate at bat with two outs in the Cardinal eighth.
'This was really the most enjoyable year of my life,' said Minaker, who finished his senior season as the team's leader and with career-highs in nearly every category, including batting average (.364), home runs (11) and RBI (68). 'It was awesome even when we struggled. There were no attitude problems with the guys, and they are some of the best people you can ever meet. I'm excited to see where the Stanford program will go in the next couple of years, because there is a lot of young talent. Along with my fellow seniors, this season was a pleasure from start to finish.'
A complete recap will follow.
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