Solo Homers And Strikeouts Lead No. 14 Texas Over Stanford, 5-3
Feb. 16, 2007
Round Rock, Texas - No. 14 Texas (5-4) got four solo homers from its offense while the team's pitchers recorded 16 strikeouts on the way to a 5-3 victory over Stanford (2-4) in the opener of a three-game series at The Dell Diamond on Friday. Kyle Russell had two of the solo shots, while Travis Tucker and Chais Fuller also added one each. Winning pitcher James Russell (1-1) recorded nine strikeouts in his 5.0 innings before reliever Joseph Krebs picked up seven more in 3.2 frames before Randy Boone recorded his second save of the season by getting Toby Gerhart to hit into a game-ending fielder's choice as the tying run with two outs in the top of the ninth.
Stanford was able to get the tying run to the plate in the ninth when pinch-hitter Jeff Whitlow doubled with two outs and Adam Gaylord followed with an RBI single to cut the Texas lead to 5-3 and give the Cardinal its first run since scoring one in each of the first two innings.
Kyle Russell (2-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI) was the only player for Texas with more than one hit as the Longhorns managed to collect just six against four Stanford pitchers.
Stanford starter Nolan Gallagher (0-2) took the loss, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts in his 6.0 innings of work. Brandt Walker (0.1 IP, 1 BB, 1 SO), Blake Hancock (0.2 IP, 1 BB, 1 SO) and Erik Davis (1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER) also pitched in relief for the Cardinal.
Stanford and Texas continue the three-game series this Saturday-Sunday, February 16-18. The series is being played at The Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas, due to construction at Disch-Falk Field. The Dell Diamond is the Houston Astros AAA facility and located approximately 19 miles from Austin.
Following the Texas series, the Cardinal will return home to Sunken Diamond for 11 of its 12 next contests beginning with a single game versus San Francisco on Tuesday, February 20 (5 pm, PT). Stanford will then host Kansas in a three-game series next Friday-Sunday, February 23-25 (5 pm, 1 pm, 11 am, PT). Tickets for all regular season Stanford Baseball home games are available online at gostanford.com or by calling 1-800-STANFORD. For group ticket information (groups of 10 or more), call 650-725-2876.