Stanford Lets Early Lead Slip Away In 8-6 Loss At Washington State

May 6, 2007

Pullman, Wash. - Pinch-hitter Simi Reynolds' one-out RBI double off the right field wall in the bottom of the eighth inning broke a tie and lifted Washington State (22-21, 5-12 Pac-10) to an 8-6 victory over Stanford (19-25, 4-13 Pac-10) to even a three-game Pac-10 series between the clubs Sunday at Bailey-Brayton Field.

Stanford let a 5-1 lead after three and a half innings slip away when the Cougars scored three times in the fourth before adding one in the fifth and sixth frames to go ahead, 6-5. Stanford tied the game at 6-6 on Sean Ratliff's clutch two-out RBI single in the top of the eighth but the Cougars answered with two runs in their half of the eighth to take the victory.

Paul Gran (5-5, HR, 3 RBI), Travis Coulter (3-4, RBI) and Zach Borba (2-5, 3B, 2 RBI) combined for 10 of the Cougars' 13 hits and drove in six of their eight runs.

'We couldn't hold them,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'They got some big hits with guys on base today.

Adam Sorgi (3-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI) equaled a season-best with his seventh three-hit game of the year, while he also had two doubles in a contest for the first time this season and on the third occasion in his career. Brendan Domaracki (2-3, 3 RBI) equaled career-bests with a pair of hits and three RBI with the trio of RBI also a new season-best. Joey August (2-4) also had a multi-hit contest.

'It's extremely disappointing [to lose a game the way we did today],' said Sorgi. 'Normally, I can say the other team did a really good job of putting pressure on us, which they did, but I feel like we let this one slip away. I think it was more on us that we lost this game than Washington State won the game. You have to give them credit where it's due, but I feel like we had the opportunities and should have come out of them better than we did today.'

Washington State starter Nick Cebula (1-0) earned the victory despite throwing just two pitches. Cebula came into the game with the score tied 6-6 and runners on first and third with two outs in the top of the eighth, and retired Michael Taylor on an inning-ending groundout to keep the contest tied. Ross Humes (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 SO) pitched a scoreless ninth to record his 10th save of the season, finishing up the contest by striking out Brian Juhl for the final out with the Cardinal pinch-hitter at the plate as the tying run.

Stanford reliever Nolan Gallagher (3-6) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk with one strikeout over 3.0 innings after entering the game to begin the sixth frame with the contest tied 5-5. Gallagher, who also hit a career-high four batters, gave up a run in the bottom of the sixth to allow the Cougars to take their first lead of the game at 6-5 and then two more in Washington State's game-winning eighth inning rally.

Stanford and Washington State will close out the series with a rubber game on Monday (12 pm, PT). Stanford is scheduled to go with RHP Erik Davis (2-1, 5.54), while Washington State is scheduled to pitch LHP Jayson Miller (2-2, 3.80).

'We have to what all great baseball players do, which is to find confidence from somewhere,' offered Sorgi. 'We have to dig deep within ourselves and find that confidence down in our soul somewhere. We need to come out tomorrow and give 100% effort and hopefully put together some pitching and defense, and hit in some timely spots, and come out with a victory and get our first series win of the Pac-10.'

The Cardinal will next return home to Sunken Diamond for a three-game set against Washington (Friday-Sunday, May 11-13, 6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm, PT) with CSTV televising Sunday's series finale live. Tickets for the Washington series and all remaining 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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