Stanford Evens Series With 7-2 Win Over UW
May 8, 2004
SEATTLE - Despite a 57-minute rain delay in the fifth inning, Stanford sophomore Jeff Gilmorethrew seven strong innings to lead the top-ranked Stanford baseball team to a 7-2 win over No. 16Washington Saturday at Husky Ballpark.
Gilmore, a righty from Huntington Beach, Calif., improved to 8-2 with the win. He allowed tworuns on six hits, walking two and fanning eight. Sophomore Jed Lowrie hit three doubles to leadthe Cardinal offense.
The win evened the three-game series at a win apiece as Stanford (37-7 overall, 11-3 in the Pac-10)moved back to a one-and-a-half game lead over the Huskies (27-15-1, 11-6) in the Pac-10standings. The UW won Friday's series opener, 3-2, in 10 innings.
Washington took the game's first lead with a run in the third. Taylor Johnson singled to lead offand eventually came around on a sacrifice fly from Zach Clem. The UW had a chance for a secondrun when Greg Isaacson tried to score from second on a Kyle Larsen single, but he was thrownout at the plate by center fielder Sam Fuld.
Stanford answered in the top of the fourth. Chris Minaker led off with a single and scored whenJed Lowrie doubled off the top of the wall in right-center field. A Danny Putnam single and a walkto Donny Lucy loaded the bases with no outs and the Cardinal took a lead when Brian Hall bounced into a double play, sending home Lowrie to make it 2-1.
Shortstop Nick Batkoski led off the bottom of the fourth with his second home run of the season,tying the score at 2-2.
Stanford took the lead back in quick fashion. Reliever Trent Baysinger, on to begin the top of thefifth, hit Jim Rapoport with a pitch. Chris Lewis followed with a single and Rapoport scored on aSam Fuld sacrifice fly. A 57-minute rain delay followed the sacrifice fly and when play beganagain, Minaker hit the first pitch to him up the middle for an RBI single, scoring Lewis.
The Cardinal tacked on a fifth run in the sixth when Hall scored on a single from Sam Fuld. In theseventh, a bases-loaded walk to DH Chris Carter forced in a sixth Stanford run. The Cardinalwrapped up the scoring when pinch runner Cameron Matthews scored on a squeeze play in theninth.
Baysinger (3-3) suffered the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits over three andtwo-thirds innings of relief.
The Huskies and Cardinal decide the series Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game. KKNW AM-1150 willcarry the live radio broadcast. UW freshman Tim Lincecum will start for the Huskies whileStanford's starter has yet to be announced.
LINESCOREPac-10 Conference#1 Stanford 7, #16 Washington 2Stanford 000 221 101 -- 7 13 1Washington 001 100 000 -- 2 6 3Matt Kasser, Trent Baysinger (5), Richie Lentz (8)3 andBen Johnson. Jeff Gilmore, David O'Hagan (8) and Donny Lucy. W -Gilmore (7-2). L - Baysinger (3-3). 2B - STAN, Jed Lowrie 3. HR -UW, Nick Batkoski (2). T - 3:03. A - 1,222. Records: STAN 37-7,11-3 Pac-10; UW 27-15-1, 11-6 Pac-10.