Chris Minaker's Big Day Lifts Stanford To 13-9 Win Over No. 7 Texas

Feb. 20, 2006

Box Score

Stanford, Calif. - Chris Minaker (4-5, 2B, HR, 5 RBI) drove in a career-high five runs and hit his second career grandslam to cap a nine-run third inning to lift Stanford (6-3) to a 13-9 victory over No. 7 Texas (5-6) in the rubber game of a three-game series at Sunken Diamond on Monday afternoon. The Cardinal took advantage of five walks, a hit batsmen and a wild pitch by Texas pitchers in the inning as four of the runs were walked in by the Longhorn staff and another scored on a wild pitch.

Blake Holler (1-0) picked up the victory with Stanford's longest relief outing of the year, scattering eight hits and four runs with four strikeouts in 4.2 frames of work.

Michael Taylor (2-4, RBI), John Hester (2-4, 2B) and Jason Castro (2-5, RBI) added two hits each for the Cardinal, who had a season-high 14 hits. Jim Rapoport added a homer and drove in two runs.

Taylor and Castro started Stanford's third with back-to-back one-out singles before John Hester was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Losing pitcher Randy Boone (0-2, 2.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB) was removed in favor of Kyle Walker, who proceeded to walk in three runs and uncork a wild pitch for another Cardinal score before walking his fourth consecutive batter to reload the bases before being taken out of the contest. Kenn Kasparek (2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO) walked in another run before giving up Minaker's shot over the left field wall.

Drew Stubbs (3-4, HR, 2 RBI) and Carson Kainer (3-4, 3B, 2 RBI) had three hits each for the Longhorns, while Kyle Russell (2-4, 3B, 2 RBI) and Brett Lewis (2-4, 2B, RBI) added two apiece.

Stanford is scheduled to close out a season-opening 10-game homestand versus Nevada on Tuesday (2 pm, PT) before playing its next 10 contests on the road. Neither team has announced a starting pitcher for Tuesday's contest.

A full recap will follow.

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