No. 8 Oregon State Outlasts Stanford, 13-7
April 27, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - No. 8 Oregon State (33-8, 5-5) outlasted Stanford (17-22, 2-11 Pac-10) by a score of 13-7 in the opener of a three-game series that lasted 4:04 on a warm Friday night at Sunken Diamond. The victory was the defending CWS champion's sixth in a row over Stanford and the Beavers' eighth in the last nine games against the Cardinal. Oregon State scored three runs in the top of the first inning and never trailed in the contest despite being outhit by the Cardinal, 14-8.
Darwin Barney (3-6, 2 RBI) had three hits for the Beavers, while Mitch Canham (2-4, 3 RBI) and Jordan Lennerton drove in three runs each for Oregon State. Jason Ogata added a pair of RBI for the Beavers.
Adam Sorgi (3-4) led Stanford offensively with a season-high-tying three-hit game, while all nine Stanford starters had at least one hit each. Joey August (2-3, RBI) and Michael Taylor (2-5, 2B) joined Sorgi with multi-hit contests, while Adam Gaylord and Cord Phelps both knocked in a pair of runs.
Oregon State reliever Blake Keitzman (1-0) recorded the first win of his career as the second of four Beaver pitchers, allowing one run on three hits and two walks with a strikeout. Eddie Kunz picked up his eighth save of the campaign by coming in with the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the eighth and recording all four batters he faced to end the contest.
Stanford starter Jeremy Bleich (1-8) suffered the loss, allowing nine runs (seven earned) on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts over the first 4.1 innings. Brandt Walker (2.2 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO), David Stringer (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB), Tom Stilson (0.2 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO) and Blake Hancock (0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 SO) also pitched for a Cardinal staff that walked nine batters, hit two more and had a wild pitch.
Stanford's control problems on the mound were compounded by a defense that made three errors and had a pair of passed balls.
Stanford and Oregon State will continue their current series at Sunken Diamond on Saturday (1 pm, PT) and Sunday (12:30 pm, PT). Saturday's game will be televised live by Fox Sports Net.
Tickets for the remainder of the Oregon State 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.
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