No. 1 Stanford Rallies For 5-4 Win Over USC
May 22, 2004
STANFORD, Calif. - Center fielder Daniel Perales' three-base error allowed Sam Fuld to score the go-ahead run in the eighth as the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal defeated the USC Trojans, 5-4, to even the Pac-10 Conference series at Sunken Diamond. Fuld's RBI single tied the game, but Perales overran the ground ball and allowed Fuld to score all the way from first.
Stanford improves to 41-11 on the season as the Cardinal go to 13-7 in Pac-10 play. The Trojans fall to 23-29 overall and 9-11 in conference.
David O'Hagan (6-1) picked up the win with two innings in relief for starter Jeff Gilmore, who allowed just three hits in seven innings for the Cardinal. Gilmore struck out eight batters.
Michael Friedman (2-1) was the hard-luck loser for the Trojans. USC starter Bret Butler turned in his best performance as a starter, allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. Butler struck out seven while walking four.
Pinch hitter John Hester hit a two-out double to center in the Stanford eighth to start the late rally. Hester was substituted by pinch runner Chris Lewis, who scored on the Fuld single.
USC third baseman Billy Hart started the scoring in the second when he was hit by a Gilmore pitch and scored when Stanford second baseman Jed Lowrie misplayed a Perales ground ball. The ball short hopped under Lowrie's glove into right field, allowing Hart to score.
John Mayberry, Jr., put the Cardinal on the board with an RBI double in the bottom of the second. Jonny Ash reached base in the third off an error by Hart and advanced to third on a single by Lowrie. Ash scored the unearned run on left fielder Danny Putnam's RBI groundout to give the Cardinal a 2-1 lead.
In the top of the fifth, the Trojans stole home to tie the game. Senior shortstop Michael Moon stole home on a 1-2 count to Blake Sharpe, marking the third time this season that USC has successfully stolen home against Stanford.
The Cardinal loaded the bases in the fifth when Mayberry, Jr., was walked intentionally with two outs. Butler struck out catcher Donny Lucy, preserving the 2-2 tie.
Right fielder Brian Hall led off the Stanford sixth with a leadoff single. A Butler wild pitch moved Hall to second and a pop out to shallow right allowed Hall to advance to third. With two strikes on shortstop Chris Minaker, Hall scored on a safety squeeze bunt to put the Cardinal back on top, 3-2.
Putnam hit a two-out triple to center in the seventh and Mayberry, Jr., walked to put runners at the corners. USC reliever Austin Miller came in for Butler and struck out Lucy to end the inning.
USC catcher Jeff Clement led off the eighth by hitting a ground ball that went through Minaker's legs for the Cardinal's third error of the contest. Sharpe sacrificed Clement to second and a base hit to left by first baseman Joey Metropoulos moved Clement to third. With a 2-2 count, Hart hit a chopper over Ash at third to tie the game and move Metropoulos to third. Baron Frost scored the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly to center before Stanford scored the game-winning run in the eighth.
The series concludes tomorrow at 1 p.m. The game can be heard live, along with Gametracker live stats, at gostanford.com.
USC 010-010-020 - 4-6-2STAN 011-001-02x - 5-9-3
WP - O'Hagan (6-1) LP - Friedman (2-1)Butler, Miller (7), Friedman (8) and Clement.Gilmore, O'Hagan (8) and Lucy.T - 2:48 ATT - 2,674
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