Stan-UT: Big Flies and Blow-Bys Power Horns

By Glenn Tanner - February 16, 2007

The Texas pitching staff racked up 16 strikeouts and Longhorn bats pounded four homers to beat Stanford 5-3 this afternoon at Dell Diamond.

In the eighth inning, light-hitting shortstop Chais Fuller cranked a no-doubter high onto the berm behind the left-field wall to stretch the lead to 5-2.

Down to their last out in the ninth, Stanford didn't go easy. A double and a single made it 5-3 and brought the tying run to the plate. But Texas closer Randy Boone came in and induced a game-ending grounder to pick up a save.

On the mound, lefty Joe Krebs was excellent in relief, throwing 3.2 innings and striking out seven. For the day, Krebs and starter James Russell combined to fan sixteen. The Stanford SID in the press box has game data back to 1996, and this is their high water mark in K's over that time period.

Texas only had six hits in the game, but received solo homers from Fuller, Travis Tucker, and Kyle Russell (two).

Stanford had nine hits, including two each by Brent Milleville and Adam Gaylord, but 16 strikeouts tend to cause a lot of LOBs. Michael Taylor and Austin Yount were each one whiff away from earning a golden sombrero.

Game two of the series will be tomorrow at one o'clock. Probable starters are Stanford stud freshman Jeff Inman against Adrian Alaniz.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 06:22 PM on February 16, 2007

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