Stanford Beats Pacific In Bottom Of Ninth, 2-1

April 10, 2006

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Stanford, Calif. - Chris Minaker's bouncing RBI single through the left side of the infield with no outs in the bottom of the ninth scored John Hester with the game-winning run to lift Stanford (15-11) to a 2-1 non-conference victory over Pacific (19-12) at Sunken Diamond on Monday. Jeremy Bleich (2-1) struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the win as the last of three Stanford pitchers that limited the Tigers to one run and just six hits, striking out a season-high-tying 13 batters and walking just two.

Stanford's ninth inning started when Hester reached second on a two-base throwing error by Pacific third baseman Justin Baum to lead off the inning. Minaker then failed in an attempt to bunt him over to third but a wild pitch by Stolp did the job. Pacific then brought centerfielder Anthony Jackson into the infield to give the Tigers five infielders and just two outfielders, but Minaker still bounced a 3-2 pitch over the head of Pacific shortstop Alex Zanini to end the contest.

Minaker (2-5, RBI) and Michael Taylor (2-2) had two hits each for the Cardinal.

Ramon Glasgow (2-4) was the only Pacific player with more than one hit.Pacific reliever Eric Stolp (3-2) took the loss without recording an out in the ninth inning.

Stanford is scheduled to host San Francisco on Tuesday, April 11, with a new scheduled start time of 4 pm, PT, before returning to Pac-10 action with a three-game series at Oregon State this Thursday-Saturday, April 13-15 (5 pm, 5 pm, 12 pm, PT).

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