Late Inning Heroics Lift Stanford To Crazy 10-8 Win At No. 14 Texas
Feb. 18, 2007
Round Rock, Texas - A series of late inning heroics lifted Stanford (3-5) to a crazy 10-8 victory over No. 14 Texas (6-5) in the finale of a three-game series played before a large crowd of 6633 at The Dell Diamond. Brendan Domaracki's two-RBI single with one out and the bases loaded in the top of the ninth inning snapped a 6-6 tie before the Cardinal picked up two more ninth inning runs the club would end up needing on RBI singles by Ryan Seawell and Brent Milleville.
Milleville also came up with the defensive play of the game to thwart a furious Texas rally in the bottom of the ninth. With two runs already in to cut the Cardinal lead to 10-8 and runners on first and third base with no outs, Jordan Danks (3-5, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 4 runs scored) lined a shot down the first base line that Milleville reached over his head to snag and then stepped on first base to double up Nick Peoples.
'I always want the big play to come to me,' said Milleville, who was also 2-for-4 with a career-high four RBI at the plate.
'That was obviously the play of the game,' added Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'They've got something really going right there and if we don't make that play it could be big trouble.'
Stanford's ninth inning heroics one inning after Sean Ratliff (3-5, HR, 2 RBI) had given the Cardinal a 6-5 lead by hitting his first career homer on a long towering two-out shot to straight away center field on a 3-2 pitch against eventual losing pitcher Randy Boone (0-3). Boone also gave up Domaracki's big ninth inning hit while pitching for the third consecutive day against the Cardinal, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks with one strikeout in his 2.0 inning relief appearance.
The victory allowed Stanford to snap a six-game regular season road losing streak to the Longhorns that dated back to 2003.
Stanford's ninth inning rally started with one out when Boone walked Jason Castro with one out, allowed a double to Cord Phelps and intentionally walked pinch hitter Randy Molina to set the stage for Domaracki's sharp game-winning liner to left field. Seawell followed with his RBI single to plate pinch runner Austin Yount and Milleville capped the rally with an RBI single to bring home Domaracki.
Michael Taylor (3-5, 2B, RBI), Seawell (2-5, RBI) and Phelps (2-4, 2B) also had multiple-hit games for the Cardinal.
Blake Hancock (1-0) recorded his first collegiate victory despite allowing a pair of runs on two hits in his 1.0 inning. Max Fearnow (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 SO) got the final three outs for his first collegiate save.
Brett Lewis (3-5, 2B), Preston Clark (3-6, 2B, HR, 3 RBI), Chance Wheeless (2-3, HR, 2 RBI), Travis Tucker (2-4, RBI) and Peoples (2-5) joined Danks with multiple-hit contests for the Longhorns.
The Stanford-Texas series was 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.
Stanford will return home to Sunken Diamond for 11 of its next 12 contests beginning with a single game versus San Francisco on Tuesday, February 20 (5 pm, PT). The Cardinal will then host Kansas in a three-game series 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.
A full recap will follow.