Stanford Loses Late Lead In 7-5 Defeat At Fresno State
Feb. 25, 2006
Fresno, Calif. - Fresno State (7-7) scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth inning in a 7-5 comeback victory over Stanford (8-4) at Beiden Field on Saturday to snap a season-best four-game Cardinal win streak and even a three-game series between the clubs. The Cardinal held a 5-4 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth that pinch-hitter Chase Moore erased with a two-RBI single to score Christian Vitters and Brian Lappin. Erik Wetzel's RBI double two batters later scored pinch-runner Nick Moresi with an insurance run.
Stanford led 4-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth but the Bulldogs evened the score at 4-4 with a three-run sixth before the Cardinal briefly went back ahead, 5-4, when Chris Minaker's one-out RBI single in the seventh scored Joey August, who had walked to lead off the inning and moved to second on Jim Rapoport's sacrifice bunt.
Moore, Wetzel (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI) and Ryan Overland drove in two runs each for the Bulldogs with Wetzel the only Fresno State player posting a multiple-hit game.
Minaker (2-4, RBI) and Chris Lewis (2-4) had a pair of hits each for Stanford. Ryan Seawell hit his first home run of the season for the Cardinal with a solo shot in the fifth, while Michael Taylor had a first inning single to extend his hit streak to a career-high-tying six games.
Jeremy Bleich (1-1) suffered the loss as all three unearned runs in the eighth inning were credited to his pitching line. Bleich got just one out, while allowing a hit and a walk, as well as hitting a batter after coming in to pitch at the beginning of the eighth inning.
Bleich struck out Beau Mills to start the eighth but then hit Christian Vitters to start the Bulldog rally. He forced Lapin to hit a potential inning-ending groundball to Lewis but the Cardinal second baseman failed to field the ball cleanly before throwing wildly in an attempt to salvage an out at first base. The runners moved to second and third on the play, while Lewis was charged with a pair of errors. Moore made the Cardinal pay for the miscue when he drilled Bleich's first offering up the middle for a two-run single that gave Fresno State its first lead of the contest and ended Bliech's day. Wetzel followed with his RBI double two batters later to score Moresi, who had moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Overland.
Fresno State reliever Jason Breckley (2.2 IP, 1 H, 2 SO) earned the victory after taking over for starter Eddie Romero (6.1 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO).
Stanford and Fresno State will conclude the three-game series that opens a 10-game road trip for the Cardinal on Sunday (1:05 pm, PT). Fresno State is scheduled to start RHP Andy Underwood (2-1, 1.99) on the mound, while the Cardinal has not announced a starting pitcher for the contest.
A full recap will follow.