Stanford Suffers 6-5 Heartbreaking Loss To No. 14 Cal State Fullerton
Feb. 3, 2007
Fullerton, Calif. - Stanford (0-2) suffered a heartbreak 6-5 loss to No. 14 Cal State Fullerton (2-0) despite jumping out to a 5-0 lead over the Titans after the first two and a half innings. Clark Hardman completed the Cal State Fullerton comeback with a one-out RBI single to snap a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the eighth and score Joe Scott with the winning run. Titan reliever Adam Jorgensen (1-0) earned the win by shutting out the Cardinal over the final 6.2 innings on just two hits.
Jorgensen struck out seven without walking a batter and allowed only two Stanford runners into scoring position after coming in with two outs in the top of the third to get the Titans out of a jam.
Scott (3-4, 2B) and Hardman (3-5, RBI) had three hits each for the Titans.Sean Ratliff (2-5) had a pair of hits for the Cardinal, while Michael Taylor drove in a pair of runs with a first inning triple.
Stanford reliever Max Fearnow (1-0) gave up Hardman's game-winning hit and suffered the loss despite allowing just the one run on three hits and two walks with one strikeout in relief of starter Jeffrey Inman (4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO). David Stringer got the final two outs of the bottom of the eighth to keep the Cardinal close for one final chance in the top of the ninth.
The Cardinal managed to get a runner in scoring position in its half of the ninth when August reached on a two-out error by Titan first baseman Jake Vasquez and Jorgensen balked pinch-runner J.J. Jelmini to second before retiring Taylor on a groundout to third baseman Evan McArthur for the final out of the game.
The teams are scheduled to conclude the series on Sunday with Stanford LHP Jeremy Bleich slated to pitch against Cal State Fullerton RHP Sean Urena.
A full recap will follow.