USC Scores Five Runs In Eighth Inning To Beat Stanford, 11-8
March 9, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - USC (14-8) scored five unearned runs in the top of the eighth inning on the way to an 11-8 victory over Stanford (10-7) in the opener of a three-game non-conference series at Sunken Diamond on Friday. Stanford had tied the contest at 6-6 in the bottom of the seventh when Sean Ratliff (2-4, HR, 2 RBI) connected on a two-run homer and Michael Taylor followed him two batters later with a solo shot. The loss was Stanford's first of the 2007 season at Sunken Diamond, where the Cardinal had began its home slate with a 9-0 record.
USC's 21 hits were the most by a Cardinal opponent this season as the Trojans also took advantage of a season-high four Cardinal errors to score a total of six unearned runs. Michael Torres (4-5, 2B, 2 RBI) led the USC offense with four hits while three additional players - Grant Green (3-5, 2B, 3B, RBI, SB), Robert Stock (3-5, RBI) and Nick Buss (3-6, RBI) - had three each. Hector Estrella (2-4, 2 RBI) and Lucas Duda (2-4, RBI) added two a piece.
Joey August (3-5) equaled a career-best three hits for the Cardinal, while Adam Sorgi (2-3) had a pair of hits and reached in all four of his plate appearances, while Brent Milleville was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Taylor drove in two runs.
USC reliever Hector Rabago (1.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 SO) picked up the win to improve to 2-0, while Stanford reliever Tom Stilson (2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 SO) suffered his first collegiate loss to fall to 1-1 despite not allowing an earned run.
Paul Koss gave up a leadoff walk in the Cardinal ninth before retiring the final three batters to record his ninth save of the season and the 29th in his career.
Stanford and USC continue the three-game series on Saturday and Sunday with start times scheduled both days for 1 pm, PT. Saturday's pitching matchup is scheduled to feature USC RHP Brad Boxberger (1-1, 1.84) against Stanford LHP Jeremy Bleich (1-1, 5.79). The Trojans have named LHP Tommy Milone (2-2, 5.74) as their probable starter for Sunday's series finale, while the Cardinal has yet to announce a starter.
Tickets the upcoming series against USC and all regular season Stanford Baseball home games are also available online at gostanford.com or by calling 1-800-STANFORD. Tickets may also be purchased at the Sunken Diamond Ticket Office window one hour before first pitch on game days. For group ticket information (groups of 10 or more), call 650-725-2876.
A full recap will follow.
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