Stanford Falls 6-2 to No. 2 Texas in Series Opener
March 6, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Texas right-hander Chance Ruffin pitched a four-hitter for his second career complete game as the second-ranked Longhorns (11-0) defeated Stanford (2-7) in the opener of a three-game series at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond.
Ruffin (3-0) was in command from the start, holding Stanford hitless until Ben Clowe lined a solid single to center with one out in the fifth. The Cardinal did not have an extra-base hit, while Ruffin walked three, hit a batter and struck out seven - including the final two hitters of the game.
Texas jumped out in front immediately, when leadoff hitter Travis Tucker homered off Stanford starter Jeffrey Inman (0-2) on the second pitch of the game. Inman battled through 5.0 innings, yielding five runs (four earned) on a night where the Cardinal defense committed four errors.
Stanford scored single runs off Ruffin in the fifth and sixth. Toby Gerhart drew a two-out walk prior to Clowe's single, and Jake Schlander followed by rifling a ball into right field for an RBI-single. Joey August singled with one out in the sixth, and moved to third when Ruffin's pickoff throw was mishandled by first baseman Brandon Belt for a two-base error. Kellen Kiilsgaard then brought August home with a sharp groundout to first. Jonathan Kaskow collected the Cardinal's final hit of the game, a one-out single in the ninth.
Stanford will look to snap its six-game losing streak tomorrow afternoon, as the Cardinal hosts Texas in the second game of this three-game series. First pitch from Klein Field at Sunken Diamond is set for 1:00 p.m. PT.
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