May 13, 2005
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford scored thee times in the bottom of the ninth inning as the No. 21 Cardinal completed an improbable 3-2 come-from-behind victory over UCLA Friday night at Sunken Diamond in the opening game of this weekend's three-game Pac-10 series. UCLA's Hector Ambriz held Stanford completely in check for eight innings, allowing just two hits and three total base runners before surrendering the winning runs in the final frame.
Bruin right fielder Chris Jensen launched his fifth home run of the season in the fourth to give UCLA a 1-0 lead and extend his personal hitting streak to 17 games. Catcher Chris Denove and first baseman Matt Sharp connected for back-to-back doubles in the fifth to account for UCLA's second run.
Ambriz entered the ninth with a 2-0 lead and having retired the last 14 batters in a row. However, Cardinal center fielder Jim Rapoport singled off Sharp's glove to begin the inning and after an Adam Sorgi fly out, Stanford second baseman Jed Lowrie brought his team to within a run with an RBI double down the left field line. The next batter, John Mayberry Jr., singled to center, bringing around Lowrie with the tying run. Two batters later with two outs, catcher John Hester provided the game winner with a double off the left field wall which brought around Mayberry from second.
Stanford's Jeff Gilmore earned the win, tossing a complete game and allowing just the two UCLA runs off seven hits. He struck out six.
Ambriz falls to 2-6 with the tough loss. The right-hander had faced just three batters over the minimum heading into the ninth. The sophomore also contributed two hits at the plate for UCLA.
UCLA falls to 12-34 (1-15 Pac-10) while Stanford improves to 28-18 (9-7 Pac-10).
Bruin second baseman Sean Smith entered the game as a defensive replacement in the ninth. It was Smith's first time on the field since injuring his shoulder on April 3 against Arizona.