Arizona State Scores Three In Bottom Of Ninth To Top No. 14 Stanford, 6-5

April 16, 2005

Tempe, Ariz. - Arizona State (24-15, 5-3 Pac-10) rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 6-5 victory over No. 14 Stanford (20-13, 4-4 Pac-10) on Saturday to take a 2-0 lead in a three-game set between the clubs at Packard Stadium. Joe Persichina drew a two-out bases loaded walk from Stanford reliever Nolan Gallagher to bring home Colin Curtis with the game-winning run. Travis Buck had tied the game earlier in the inning with a two-run homer off losing pitcher Blake Holler (6-2).

Buck (2-5, HR, 3 RBI) and Persichina had three RBI each for the Sun Devils, while Rocky Laguna also had a pair of hits.

Reliever Ty Marotz (1-1) recorded his first victory of the season by holding the Cardinal scoreless in the ninth.

John Mayberry, Jr. (2-3, 2B, RBI, SB), Jim Rapoport (2-4) and Chris Lewis (2-4, 2B) had two hits each for the Cardinal with Rapoport extending his career-high hit streak to 12 games.

The teams will conclude the series on Sunday (1:00 pm, MT/PT). Arizona State is scheduled to start RHP Pat Bresnehan (3-3, 4.22), while Stanford has announced a probable pitcher for the contest.

A full recap will follow.

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