No. 1 Arizona State Needs 10 Innings To Top No. 13 Stanford, 6-4
April 4, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - No. 1 Arizona State (28-1, 4-0 Pac-10) scored a pair of runs in the top of the 10th inning to take a 6-4 victory in the opener of a three-game Pac-10 series over No. 13 Stanford (13-9, 2-2 Pac-10) at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond on Friday. Jason Kipnis scored the game-winning run when Stanford left fielder Joey August had the ball roll by him after a Petey Paramore single that would have loaded the bases with one out in the 10th inning.
Ike Davis pitched 2.2 scoreless innings of relief and struck out four over two relief stints to earn the win. Davis (2-3, HR, 2 RBI) was also the Arizona State star at the plate, hitting a two-run homer in the top of the first to give Arizona State an early 2-0 lead, reaching in five of his six plate appearances and scoring three runs. Kipnis (2-3) also had a pair of hits and scored three runs for the Sun Devils.
Stanford reliever Drew Storen took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks in his 2.1 innings of work.
Sean Ratliff extended his season-high hit streak to 12 games with a sixth inning solo homer for Stanford that tied the game at 4-4. Randy Molina also extended his career-high hit streak to eight games with a fourth inning double, while Cord Phelps had his career-high-tying eight-game hit streak snapped. Stanford did not have a player with multiple hits or multiple RBI's in the contest.
Stanford and Arizona State are scheduled to continue the series on Saturday (1 pm, PT). Arizona State is scheduled to pitch LHP Josh Satow (3-0, 3.86), while the Cardinal is slated to counter with RHP Erik Davis (3-1, 5.22).
A complete recap will follow.