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Stanford 9, Pepperdine 7

Date of competition: Monday, June 2, 2008

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Sean Ratliff hit a pair of home runs, including a go-ahead grand slam in the fifth inning as Stanford overcame an early four-run deficit to beat Pepperdine 9-7 on Monday and win the Stanford regional. ¶ Jason Castro hit a key two-run double for the Cardinal (37-22), who won four consecutive elimination games to advance to a Super Regional against the winner of the Fullerton regional. ¶ Chase d'Arnaud had three hits, including two home runs, and drove in four runs for the Waves (38-21), who lost their third straight regional championship and missed advancing since winning the 1992 national title. ¶ Drew Storen (4-3) pitched four innings in relief of starter Erik Davis to earn his second win of the regional. Storen gave up two runs on three hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Davis, working on two days rest, gave up five runs on seven hits in 2 2-3 innings. ¶ Scott Alexander (2-3), who walked a batter ahead of Ratliff's grand slam, took the loss. Alexander retired one of the five batters he faced. He walked two, hit a batter and gave up a double. Starter Robert Dickman allowed three runs on five hits in four innings. He left the game with the lead. ¶ The Waves scored four runs in the first on d'Arnaud's three-run homer and Matt Aidem's double. ¶ Toby Gerhart and Ratliff each drove in a run in the third and fourth, while Nate Simon and Matt Harris responded in kind for the Waves. ¶ Walks to Jake Schlander and Cord Phelps to open the fifth ended Dickman's day. Alexander came out after walking Randy Molina to lead the bases. ¶ Ratliff hit a 1-2 pitch from Tyler Hess over the right-center field fence for his second grand slam of the season. ¶ Brent Milleville added an RBI single in the eighth. d'Arnaud's solo shot in the seventh had closed the gap to 8-7. ¶ Austin Yount got the final seven outs for his first save.

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Sean Ratliff is greeted by jeff Whitlow (right) following his first of two home runs during Stanford's 9-7 victory over Pepperdine on Monday in an NCAA regional title game. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

Stanford's Jake Schlander (6) receives congratulations after scoring early during the Cardinal's 9-7 victory over Pepperdine on Monday in an NCAA regional championship game. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

Stanford's Wande Olabisi (12) congratulates Sean Ratliff (18) after Ratliff's grand slam in the fifth inning gave Stanford the lead for good in Monday's regional finale. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

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