Stan-UT: Horns Play Long-Ball

By Glenn Tanner - February 16, 2007

At the end of six in Round Rock, Texas has uncharacteristically homered three times to take a 4-2 lead.

Stanford’s first two hitters in the fourth singled, setting the table for Ryan Seawell, who had homered in the second. Texas pitcher James Russell, however, struck out Seawell looking, got a diving Web Gem in center from Nick Peoples for the second out, then fanned Austin Yount and exited the field with an enthusiastic fist pump.

Texas took the lead in the bottom of the fourth thanks to long ball and small ball. Kyle Russell led off with his second homer of the day to tie the game. This one also might have been helped by the wind, but he still hit it a ton, clearing the 407 mark in center with ease. Two infield singles, a hit batter, and two sac bunts made it 3-2 Texas.

James Russell was pulled after five good innings – six hits, two runs, one walk, and nine strikeouts. Maybe Stanford should have relieved Gallagher, too, as he was touched for a long leadoff homer by Travis Tucker in the sixth.

Heading into the seventh, the Stanford bullpen is active, so if this is it for Gallagher, it was an up-and-down performance. He allowed only five hits and struck out four, but he walked three, hit two, and gave up three dingers.

Random notes. . .

Gallagher didn’t play high school baseball because there is no high school baseball in his home state of Montana. He did set his high school's record for rebounds in a game with 24.

Those most people call him the head coach, Stanford’s Mark Marquess also carries the hifalutin title “The Clarke and Elizabeth Nelson Director of Baseball.” That really just means that Marquess’ salary is funded by the earnings of an endowment donated to Stanford by the Nelsons. But hey, it sure sounds important.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 05:21 PM on February 16, 2007

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