No. 15 Arizona State Comes From Behind For 5-4 Win Over Stanford
April 5, 2007
Tempe, Ariz. - No. 15 Arizona State (24-10, 5-2 Pac-10) scored the final five runs of the game for a 5-4 comeback victory over Stanford (13-13, 0-4 Pac-10) in the opener of a three-game Pac-10 series on a warm Friday night at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. Kiel Roling (4-4, 2 RBI) had four hits and drove in a pair of runs, including the eventual game-winner with an RBI single that scored Brett Wallace to break a 4-4 tie with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Mike Leake (7-1) tossed a complete game with eight strikeouts and shut the Cardinal out over the final seven innings after allowing four runs in his first two frames.
Stanford jumped out to an 4-0 lead after an inning and a half but had only three hits after the second inning and one after the fourth. The three singles also accounted for the only Cardinal baserunners after the second inning as Leake faced just two batters over the minimum over his final seven innings and struck out five of the last six Stanford hitters in the game after Michael Taylor singled and later moved to second on Leake's throwing error on a pickoff attempt.
Taylor (2-3, 2 RBI) and Sean Ratliff (2-4, 2B) had two hits each for the Cardinal, while Adam Sorgi extended his season-high hit streak to nine games with a first inning single. Joey August had his career-high 11-game hit streak snapped by going 0-for-4 but did drive in a run in the Cardinal first.
Stanford starter Jeremy Bleich (1-5) suffered the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and four walks with six strikeouts over 6.0 innings.
Petey Paramore (2-3, 2B) was the only other Arizona State player with more than one hit.
The loss was Stanford's fourth in a row to begin Pac-10 play.
Stanford will continue its three-game set at Arizona State on Friday (7 pm, MT/PT) and Saturday (1 pm, MT/PT) with the finale of the series being televised live by Fox Sports Net Arizona. Stanford will also be at Nevada (Tuesday, April 10, 2 pm, PT) for a non-conference game to complete a four-game road trip before returning home to Sunken Diamond to host Arizona in a three-game Pac-10 series Friday-Sunday, April 13-15 (6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm, PT).
Tickets for the upcoming Arizona series and all regular season Stanford Baseball home contests are available online at gostanford.com or by calling 1-800-STANFORD. On game days, tickets may be purchased at the Sunken Diamond Ticket Office window beginning one hour before first pitch. For group ticket information (groups of 10 or more), call 650-725-2876.
A full recap will follow.