Feb. 20, 2009
PALO ALTO, Calif. --- Toby Gerhart's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning completed a five-run comeback as No. 5 Stanford defeated Vanderbilt 6-5 Friday night at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond.
The Commodores (0-1) built a 5-0 lead after three innings, only to see the Cardinal (1-0) chip away with a run in the fourth and four more in the sixth to tie the game at 5-5.
Drew Hayes (0-1) came on in relief in the 10th and walked Jake Schlander on a full-count to lead off the inning. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Colin Walsh and then advanced to third on a deep fly out to center by Zach Jones. Gerhart then singled to right-center, scoring Schlander to end the game.
Mike Minor started for the Dores and pitched three scoreless innings before giving up and unearned run in the fourth. He ended up giving up three runs, two earned on five hits in 5.2 innings with six strikeouts and no walks in the no-decision.
"Gio (Andrew Giobbi) really helped me out there behind the plate tonight," said Minor. "He controlled the game and I followed him. My changeup wasn't very good tonight so I relied a lot on my slider."
Chase Reid came on in the sixth with runners at first and third and two outs and walked a batter before giving up a two-run single to Zach Jones to make it 5-3. Reid walked Gerhart before giving up another two-run single to Joey August to tie the game at 5-5.
Vanderbilt opened the scoring with two runs in the second, courtesy of a RBI double by Alex Hilliard and a RBI single by Riley Reynolds.
VU plated three more runs in the third to take a 5-0 lead. Aaron Westlake added a RBI single and Steven Liddle came through with a two-run single to lead the way.
Westlake ended the night with three hits to lead the Dores, with Liddle and Hilliard adding two hits of their own. The two hits were the first of Hilliard's collegiate career.
"It was kind of a frustrating day because of the loss," said Hilliard. "We worked really hard as a team to come out here and play like we practice, which is every inning and every pitch. We will try to come out tomorrow and win both games."
The Commodores had 11 hits on the night in what head coach Tim Corbin said was a good performance.
"In the first four innings, we really played well offensively and potentially could have knocked Stanford's starter out of the game," said Corbin. "In the fifth and sixth innings we had some quick at bats and he got his rhythm back and was able to establish his fastball. I thought we did a pretty good job of putting the ball in play."
Freshman right-hander Sonny Gray was impressive in relief, pitching three scoreless innings of three-hit ball with three strikeouts and a walk in his first Vanderbilt outing.
"Sonny is only a freshman academically, but not when it comes to pitching," said Corbin. "I knew the minute he came in that he has a different gear than most, and he is just one of those guys that is a competitor."
Stanford also had an impressive freshman pitching performance as Jordan Pries (1-0) came on in the eighth and pitched three innings of two-hit scoreless relief to pick up his first collegiate win. He replaced starter Jeffrey Inman who allowed five runs on seven hits in seven innings of work with three strikeouts and a walk. He held VU scoreless for four innings after giving up five runs in the first three stanzas.
The Commodores and Cardinal will play a doubleheader tomorrow starting at 2 p.m. CT. Right-hander Caleb Cotham will start in the first game, while righty Nick Christiani is slated to go in game two. Stanford will counter with a pair of right-handers Danny Sandbrink (1) and Max Fearnow (2).
Vanderbilt 023 000 000 0 -5 11 3
Stanford 000 104 000 1 -6 11 1
Minor, Reid (6), Gray (7), Hayes (10) and Giobbi. Inman, Pries (8) and Clowe. W- Pries 1-0, L- Hayes 0-1. Sv- None. HR: None