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Doran ends Pac-10 pitching duel with 11th inning single

 

Freshman Brett Michael Doran produced his first career RBI in dramatic fashion.

In just his 10th collegiate at bat, Doran singled with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning to score Tyler Gaffney from third base and hand the Stanford baseball team a 1-0 victory over visiting Arizona in a Pac-10 Conference contest Friday night.

Chris Reed (5-2) pitched three perfect innings in relief of starter Mark Appel to gain the victory.

The Cardinal (11-11, 29-18) and Wildcats meet again Saturday at 1 p.m.

Losing pitcher Bryce Bandilla (4-2) struck out the first two batters he faced in the 11th but walked Tyler Gaffney, who had two hits in the game and extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

Gaffney stole second, Stephen Piscotty was hit by a pitch and Brian Ragira, who also had two hits, drew a walk on a full count.

Matt Chaffee came in to pitch for Arizona and gave up Doran's single on a 2-2 pitch to end it.

Doran has appeared in nine games for the Cardinal this season and has yet to make his first start. He entered Friday night's game as a pinch hitter.

The former all-state player from Connecticut finished his high school career at Jonathan Law with a school record for hits (101). He added a Milford city record for batting average (.532) as a junior.

Appel pitched eight innings, allowing six hits. he walked one and struck out nine.

Arizona had a chance to take the lead in the eighth against the right-hander. Appel put two runners on with one out, but enduced an inning ending double play.

Arizona came in batting a Pac-10 leading .326. Stanford was hitting .306, second-best in the conference.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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