Six-Run Seventh Keys No. 15 Arizona State's Wild 12-8 Win Over Stanford
April 6, 2007
Tempe, Ariz. - No. 15 Arizona State (25-10, 6-2 Pac-10) scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh to key a wild 12-8 victory over Stanford (13-14, 0-5 Pac-10) despite Sean Ratliff's first collegiate two-homer game and a career-high seven RBI for the Cardinal. Pinch-hitter C.J. Retherford had the key in the six-run hit with a bases loaded three-RBI double to break a 5-5 tie.
Arizona State's win was its second straight over the Cardinal in the Pac-10 series on a warm Friday night before a season-high crowd of 4042 that waited for a game that lasted three hours and 48 minutes to end before being treated to a post-game fireworks show at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark.
Brett Wallace (3-4, HR, 3 RBI) and Petey Paramore (3-4) had three hits each to lead Arizona State's offense.
Brent Milleville (3-5, 2 2B) and Joey August (3-5, 3B) joined Ratliff (2-4, 2 HR, 7 RBI) with multiple-hit games for Stanford, who outhit Arizona State by a 13-12 count. Ratliff had a one-out inside-the-park grand slam in a four-run Cardinal seventh that tied the game at 5-5 and then hit a long three-run blast down the right field line to pull Stanford to within 11-8.
Arizona State reliever Joey Parigi (3-1) was credited with the victory. Parigi (1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB) came into the contest with runners on second and third base and two outs with four Cardinal runs already home in the Cardinal seventh and induced Brian Juhl into a groundout to end the inning to keep the score tied at 5-5.
David Stringer (1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 SO) suffered the loss in his first decision of the season.
Stanford will try to avoid being swept by Arizona State when the two teams conclude the three-game series Saturday (1 pm, MT/PT) in a game scheduled to be televised live by Fox Sports Net Arizona. Stanford is scheduled to send RHP Nolan Gallagher (2-2, 6.69) to the mound versus Arizona State LHP Brian Flores (5-1, 3.06).
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.