No. 13 Stanford Knocks Off No. 10 Long Beach State, 9-3
March 31, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - No. 13 Stanford (13-7) celebrated a four-spot move in the latest Baseball America poll with a 9-3 victory over No. 10 Long Beach State (17-8) in a non-conference game at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond on Monday. Sean Ratliff (2-4, HR, 3 RBI) provided the big blow on offense with a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth to break open a scoreless game and extended his season-high hit streak to 10 games.
Five Stanford pitchers limited the 49ers to three runs despite allowing the visitors to outhit the Cardinal, 13-12. Long Beach State left 11 runners on base.
'The big hit was obviously Ratliff's homer today, and then we really swung the bat well from that point on today,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess, who won his 1298th career game to move within two victories of 1300 for his career and the No. 10 spot on the all-time win list for NCAA Division I coaches.
'It's good for us to a win a game like this against a team the caliber of Long Beach State,' added Ratliff. 'They are in the Top 10 in the country right now.'
Austin Yount (1.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER) was in the ballgame on the mound when the Cardinal scored four times in the fourth and picked up the victory. David Stringer (2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO), Tom Stilson (1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 SO) and Alex Pracher (1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 SO) also followed Yount in relief of starter Max Fearnow (3.0 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 SO).
Stanford will host Hawaii in a non-conference game at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond on Tuesday (6 pm, PT) before top-ranked Arizona State visits for a three-game series to end an eight-game Stanford homestand this Friday-Sunday (6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm, PT).
A full recap will follow.