No. 10 Stanford Stays Tied For First After 4-2 Rubber Game Win At Oregon State

April 13, 2008

Corvallis, Ore. - No. 10 Stanford (17-11-1, 6-3 Pac-10) stayed tied for first place at the top of the Pac-10 standings with Arizona State after a 4-2 victory over Oregon State (16-12, 4-5 Pac-10) in the rubber game of a three-game conference series at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field on Sunday. The Cardinal extended its three-game regular season series win streak to 10 by improving to a perfect 6-0 in rubber games this season and also staying unbeaten in weekend contest with a combined 12-0 mark on Saturdays and Sundays.

Jeffrey Inman (6.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 2 SO) earned his fourth consecutive victory on the mound by not allowing an earned run before being removed with one out in the seventh and the Cardinal leading 2-1. Drew Storen (1.0 IP), Blake Hancock (1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO) and Michael Marshall (0.2 IP) were able to preserve the lead. Marshall got Stanford out of a ninth inning jam when he came in with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth and got the final two outs on a sacrifice fly and line out to end the game.

Stanford led 2-1 until scoring two important insurance runs in the top of the ninth on back-to-back homers by Sean Ratliff and Ben Clowe to start the inning.

The Cardinal had trailed 1-0 early in the contest as Oregon State starter Jorge Reyes (5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO) was perfect through the first four frames and kept the Cardinal scoreless through five after getting out of a bases loaded situation with no outs in the top of the fifth unscathed.

Stanford finally got on the board in the top of the sixth on a two-out RBI single by Jason Castro and went ahead in the top of the sixth on a Jake Schlander sacrifice fly.

Stanford will be back in action on Monday when the Cardinal hosts Santa Clara in a non-conference game at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond. First pitch is scheduled for 6 pm, PT.

A complete recap will follow.

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