No. 17 Stanford Evens Series With 7-3 Win At Pacific
March 22, 2008
Stockton, Calif. - Stanford (9-5) rebound from a Friday loss to Pacific (5-15) with a 7-3 victory over the Tigers on a nice Saturday evening at Klein Family Field to even the three-game series. Erik Davis earned the victory by striking out a career-high 10 in a career-high-tying 7.0 innings of work. Drew Storen came on with two outs and nobody out in the bottom of the eighth to get the Cardinal out of a jam and retired all six batters he faced with two strikeouts to pick up his second save.
Davis allowed just three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks in his outing.
'I felt pretty good all day,' said Davis. 'One of the reasons I was successful tonight is that I was able to attack the zone and throw strikes. That's the biggest thing about pitching is just to throw strikes and let the defense work behind you.'
'Erik Davis and Drew Storen were outstanding tonight,' added Stanford head coach Mark Marquess, who moved to within six victories of 1300 for his career and the Top 10 on the all-time list of Division I wins. 'When you have a well-pitched game, it makes you feel good.'
Cord Phelps (3-3, 2B, RBI) and Jeff Whitlow (3-5, 2B, SB, RBI) had three hits each to lead the Cardinal offensive attack with the leadoff hitter Phelps reaching safely in all five of his plate appearances and also scoring a career-high-tying three runs. Whitlow's three hits were a career-high. Brendan Domaracki (2-3, 2B, RBI) and Zach Jones (2-5) also had multiple-hit contests as the Cardinal outhit the Tigers, 13-5.
Joe Oliveira (2-3, 2 2B) was the only Pacific player with more than one hit.
Pacific starter Mark McCain took the loss, allowing six runs (five earned) on 10 hits in his 5.1 frames. McCain struck out seven and combined with relievers David Rowse (1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 SO) and Corey Kohnke (2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 SO) to strike out 11 Cardinal hitters.
The teams will take Sunday off for Easter before concluding the series with the rubber game on Monday in Stockton. Neither team has announced a starting pitcher for the contest scheduled to begin at 6 pm, PT.
A full recap will follow.