No. 12 Stanford's Ninth Inning Rally Falls Short In 4-3 Loss To Sacramento State

March 25, 2005

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Stanford, Calif. - A three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning by No. 12 Stanford (13-8) fell just short in a 4-3 loss to Sacramento State (8-15-1) in the first contest of a home-and-home series between the teams Friday at Sunken Diamond. Sacramento State reliever Marshall Plouffe struck out Chris Minaker to end the contest with the tying run stranded at second base. Hornet starter Ethan Katz (2-5) earned the victory, shutting the Cardinal out for the first eight innings before being removed after allowing a walk and a single to the first two Stanford batters in the ninth inning.

Katz, who also beat the Cardinal last season, ended up with two runs, three hits, four walks and seven strikeouts in his final pitching line.

Sacramento State scored three times in the fifth inning on a two-RBI single by Josh Levin and an RBI single by Brett Flowers, who also drove in the other Hornet run with an RBI groundout in the first frame.

Levin (2-3, 2 RBI) and teammate Matt Wilson (2-3) were the only players on either club with more than one hit.

Adam Sorgi had one hit and drove in run for the Cardinal during the ninth inning rally with a sacrifice fly. John Hester and Michael Taylor had the other two hits for Stanford, which was held to a season-low-tying three hits for the third time this season. Ben Summerhays and Rapoport were credited with RBI's in the Cardinal ninth on a bases loaded walk and a run-scoring fielders choice.

Stanford starter Mark Romanczuk (4-3) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on nine hits and two walks with three strikeouts over 7.0 frames. Erik Davis pitched two hitless innings of scoreless relief for the Cardinal, striking out two and walking one.

Stanford and Sacramento State are scheduled to conclude the abbreviated series in Sacramento on Saturday (2 pm, PT). Stanford is scheduled to pitch RHP Jeff Gilmore (3-1, 2.98) against Sacramento State LHP Matt Campbell (1-3, 3.60). The Hornets have won two of the last three meetings between the clubs in Sacramento.

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