Washington State Wins Rubber Game Over Stanford, 4-2

May 7, 2007

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Pullman, Wash. - Washington State (23-21, 6-12 Pac-10) came from behind for a 4-2 victory over Stanford (19-26, 4-14 Pac-10) in the rubber game of a three-game series at Bailey-Brayton Field on Monday. The Cougars trailed 2-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh but scored three times with two outs in the frame.

Travis Coulter's RBI single to left field scored pinch-runner Cody Bartlett with the game-winning run after pinch-hitter Mike Gilbert had previously tied the contest with a bloop two-run single that plated Zach Borba and Ryan Krauser, who had started the two-out seventh inning rally by drawing a walk and reaching on a bunt single, respectively.

Washington State added an insurance run in the eighth when Simi Reynolds led off with the inning with a single and scored on Jeff Miller's RBI double.

Stanford made it exciting in the top of the ninth. Brian Juhl led off the inning with a single and Jeff Whitlow reached on a two-out error by Cougar second baseman Jeff Miller to move pinch-runner J.J. Jelmini over to third base and bring Sean Ratliff to the plate as the potential go-ahead run but Ross Humes (1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 SO) struck Ratliff out looking to end the game and record his school-record setting 11th save of the campaign.

Washington State starter Jayson Miller (3-2) picked up the victory by limiting the Cardinal to just two runs on six hits with four strikeouts over 7.1 innings. Jeremy Johnson faced one batter in the eighth before Humes came in to get the final two outs of the eighth after entering the contest with one out and runners on first and second. Humes hit Ryan Seawell to load the bases but then got Brent Milleville to hit into an inning-ending groundout on a tremendous diving play by Cougar shortstop Cody Bartlett deep in the hole between shortstop and third base that robbed Milleville of a potential two-run single.

The late Cougar comeback overshadowed a tremendous outing for Stanford starter and losing pitcher Erik Davis (2-2), who shut Washington State out over the first six innings on just three hits. Davis ended up allowing three runs on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts over a 7.0 inning outing that was the longest of his career. Davis had retired nine in a row before the Cougars started their two-out seventh inning rally.

Toby Gerhart provided one of Stanford's two runs when he led off the game with a solo homer with the other coming in on Ryan Seawell's sixth inning sacrifice fly. Michael Taylor (2-4) and Ratliff (2-5) had two hits each for the Cardinal with Ratliff extending his career-high hit streak to 11 games. Adam Sorgi's 10-game hit streak came to an end as he was 0-for-3.

Coulter (2-4, RBI) and Simi Reynolds (2-4) had two hits each for the Cougars, while Gilbert drove in a pair.

The Cardinal will next return home to Sunken Diamond for a three-game set against Washington this 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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