Stanford Wins In 11 Innings, 10-7, Over USC
May 25, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Ryan Seawell delivered a two-out, three-run homer in the top of the 11th inning as the Stanford Cardinal defeated the USC Trojans, 10-7, in a Pac-10 Conference game at Dedeaux Field. The Cardinal recorded a season-high 20 hits, including a 6-for-7 effort at the plate from left fielder Joey August.
Cardinal center fielder Sean Ratliff went 3-for-5 with four RBI while Cord Phelps went 3-for-6. Nolan Gallagher (5-6) earned the win for Stanford (26-28, 7-15) with four scoreless innings of relief, allowing two hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Freshman Robert Stock (2-2) took the loss for USC (27-27, 8-14) by matching his longest stint of the season with 5 1/3 innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Stock had induced a possible double play to end the 11th, but the Trojans were unable to get the third out and Seawell followed by hitting the game-winner on a 1-1 pitch over the fence in left.
The Trojans took the lead early in the fourth with three runs after loading the bases on singles by J.J. Owen, Lucas Duda and Hector Estrella. Trojan catcher Johnny Bowden drew the bases-loaded walk for the first run and right fielder Roberto Lopez hit a two-run single to right for the early lead.
Estrella had three hits for the Trojans while Lopez matched a personal-best with three RBI on the evening.
The Cardinal responded with four runs in the fifth inning. Catcher Brian Juhl hit a one-out single and moved to second after Seawell walked. August scored Juhl on a single to left, followed by Brandon Domaracki's RBI double off the fence in left. Ratliff put the Cardinal ahead, 4-3, by hitting Boxberger's 0-2 pitch to center for a two-run single.
Bowden and Lopez were the catalysts again in the bottom of the sixth for the Trojans. Both players singled and advanced one base on a passed ball charged to Juhl. Hector Rabago hit a bloop single to center and advanced to second on the throw by Ratliff to tie the game at 4-4 before a wild play gave the Trojans the lead. Pinch hitter Darren Gemoll hit a ground ball to first and as first baseman Jason Castro recorded the out at first, Rabago got caught in a rundown near third base after Lopez did not go home. On the ensuing rundown, Seawell thought he tagged Rabago on the way back to second for the third out, but the nearest umpire ruled that he dropped the ball on the tag and allowed Lopez to score the go-ahead run.
Ratliff led off the seventh with a fly ball to left, but Duda tripped as the ball dropped for a three-base error. Michael Taylor then tied the game at 5-5 with an RBI single to right.
Grant Green doubled down the third base line in the seventh and moved to third on Owen's single. With Will Rice pinch running for Owen, Duda hit an RBI ground out to short for a 6-5 USC advantage. Estrella hit a bloop double to center and Lopez scored Rice with a sacrifice fly to center. Stanford would answer again with two runs in the eighth as Ratliff hit another 0-2 pitch, this time by Stock, for a two-run single to right to tie the game at 7-7.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Trojans had runners at first and second with two outs before Gallagher sent the game into extra innings by striking out pinch hitter Michael Torres.
The series continues tomorrow with a 1:30 p.m. game that will be broadcast live via video webcast on usctrojans.com.
STAN 000-040-120-03---10-20-1USC 000-302-200-00---7-14-2
WP - Gallagher (5-6) LP - Stock (2-2)T - 3:51 ATT - 390Records: STAN (26-28, 7-15), USC (27-27, 8-14)
Bleich, Gallagher (8) and Juhl.Boxberger, Stock (6) and Bowden.
Game notes: USC junior Matt Cusick (Mission Viejo/Santa Margarita HS) extended his season-high hitting streak to 13 games...junior Roberto Lopez (La Mesa/Rancho Bernardo HS) tied a career-high with three RBI in the game (May 10, 2005)...freshman shortstop Grant Green (Anaheim Hills/Canyon HS) went 1-for-5 in the game and has now hit safely in 25 of his last 27 games...Green in the field has made only two errors in his last 22 games...freshman Robert Stock (Westlake Village/Agoura HS) equaled his longest stint of the season after throwing 5 1/3 innings against Washington State on April 29).