Stanford Comes From Behind For 14-9 Win No. 20 Over USC To Avoid Sweep
March 11, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford (11-8) scored 10 runs in its final two trips to the plate in a 14-9 comeback win over No. 20 USC (15-9) on Sunday. The victory in front of a home season-high crowd of 2116 on a sun-splashed afternoon at Sunken Diamond prevented Stanford from being swept in a regular season three-game home series for the first time since 1997. Michael Taylor (4-5, 2B, 5 RBI) drove in a career-high five runs, including a game-tying RBI single in a six-run Cardinal eighth that erased a 9-8 USC lead.
Joey August also drove in three runs with two coming on a key two-run single in Stanford's eighth, while Grant Escue and Brian Juhl added two RBI each. Taylor and Sean Ratliff also scored three runs apiece.
Stanford trailed 8-4 until scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 8-8 as Taylor had a two-run single in the frame that cut the USC advantage to 8-6.
Max Fearnow (2-1) picked up the victory despite allowing an inherited runner to score when Robert Stock singled home Grant Green in the USC eighth to snap an 8-8 tie. Green had reached when he drew a walk off Erik Davis to lead off the inning before Fearnow came on and balked him to second. Fearnow (2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 SO) recovered to hold the Trojans scoreless for the remainder of the game.
USC reliever Kevin Couture (2-1) took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts in his brief 1.1 inning stint.
Hector Estrella (2-4, 4 RBI) drove in four runs for the Trojans and was one of five USC players with two hits each. Stock (2-3, 2B, RBI), J.J. Owen (2-2, RBI), Derek Perren (2-2, 2B), Nick Buss (2-6, 2B) also had a pair of hits for the Trojans, while Robert Vasquez drove in a pair with a key two-out double in a three-run Trojan seventh.
Stanford will be out of action for 12 days before returning to host Sacramento State at Sunken Diamond in the first of a two-game home-and-home series on Saturday, March 24 (1 pm, PT).