BASEBALL STUNS NO. 7 STANFORD
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Junior Jeff Groeger threw
his second complete game and did not allow an earned
run to lead Sacramento State to a 12-3 win over No. 7
Stanford Wednesday night at Raley Field.
The win improved the Hornets to 20-29 overall and gave
the team its first win over the Cardinal since May 8,
1995. Stanford fell to 35-13 and suffered its worst
loss of the season (previous low was a 7-0 loss to
Groeger went the distance, tossing 145 pitches and
scattering five strikeouts, eight hits and five walks.
The junior was aided by Aurelio Jackson, Mario Celillo
and Tim Maghan who each recorded three hits.
Jackson was the catalyst of the Hornet offense. The
senior, who had never recorded a hit against Stanford,
led off the bottom of the first inning with a double.
He added a pair of singles, was intentionally walked
twice and hit by a pitch. The San Diego, Calif.,
native has now reached safely in his last 14 plate
appearances dating back to April 29. During that
stretch he has eight hits, three intentional walks and
been hit three times.
The Cardinal scored the game's first run on an RBI
single by Scott Dragicevich. The Hornets, however,
immediately tied the game in the bottom of the second
when Jackson singled to center scoring Celillo.
Sacramento State added to its lead in the fourth
inning scoring a pair of runs on a double by Maghan.
Stanford evened the game, 3-3, in its next at-bat on a
two-RBI double by Carlos Quentin.
The Hornets put the game away in the bottom of the
fifth when freshman Chris Kinsey came through with a
two-out single to left plating a pair of runs. The
team then added seven runs in the sixth taking
advantage of six hits and a pair of errors.
Jeremy Guthrie, Stanford's top starter, suffered the
loss and fell to 8-4.
The Hornets will next travel to UC Riverside for a
three-game series which will begin on Friday.