Stanford Eliminated By Long Beach State
June 6, 2004
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - John Bowker hit a home run and drove in threeruns in helping Long Beach State beat Stanford 8-4 on Sunday to win theStanford Regional.
The 49ers (39-19) advance to their second straight Super Regional,hosting Arizona in a best two-of-three series beginning Friday. TheWildcats advanced with a 7-6 victory over Notre Dame.
Troy Tulowitzki and Sean Boatright also homered as Long Beach State seeksto earn its first berth in the College World Series since 1998.
Cesar Ramos (11-4) allowed three runs - two earned - on seven hits over 71-3 innings to earn the victory. He walked four and struck out seven. Ramosis 3-2 in his last six starts with a 2.30 ERA.
David O'Hagan (6-2) lasted 2 2-3 innings, giving up six runs on threehits with two walks and two strikeouts. O'Hagan, Stanford's closer, startedhis first game of the season.
Long Beach State won its third straight after entering the regional witha seven-game losing streak, its longest since 1988. The 49ers wereeliminated from the postseason by Stanford the previous two years.
Stanford, ranked first or second in the nation most of the season, was 10-8 in its last 18 games.
Tulowitzki hit his third homer in five at bats over two days againstStanford, connecting on a two-run shot in the first inning.
Boatright, who had three hits, and Bowker each hit a two-run homer in thethird as the 49ers took a 6-1 lead.
Stanford, which stranded 11 runners, had won its last eight straightelimination games in Regional and Super Regional play.