With left-handed starter Eric Berger shelved for the remainder of the season and closer Mark Melancon out for an extended period, the pitching-thin Wildcats needed a strong showing out of Coulon, and the southpaw delivered.
Scattering five hits and inducing the Cardinal into a pair of rally-killing double plays over six innings, Coulon (2-3) worked around three defensive errors to allow just three runs and pick up his second win of the year. He struck out four and walked three on the afternoon.
Right-hander Ryan Perry tossed three scoreless, one-hit innings the rest of the way to close the door and earn his first career save.
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With the game scoreless after two and half innings, the Wildcats took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Stanford first baseman Brent Milleville misplayed David Plante’s two-out grounder into a two-base error and a Brad Boyer run.
Junior Bill Rhinehart extended the lead to 2-0 with a solo home run to left field to lead off the bottom of the fourth, his second HR of the year, and classmate Jason Donald pushed the advantage to three runs with a RBI-single to score Colt Sedbrook from second in the fifth.
The Cardinal cut the lead to one with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth on a single by Chris Lewis and a sacrifice fly by Milleville, but keyed by a two-run triple by Sedbrook, the Wildcats countered with three runs on three hits in the bottom of the frame to push the advantage to 6-2.
Catcher Konrad Schmidt started the rally with a one-out single up the middle off of Matt Manship and was followed with a four-pitch walk to T.J. Steele to place runners on first and second for Boyer and force the Cardinal starter from the game.
Boyer greeted reliever David Stringer with a single through the right side of the infield in the next at-bat to plate Schmidt for a 4-2 lead and advance Steele to second.
Sedbrook, who went 3 for 5 with a game-high three RBI and a run scored, followed with tomahawk line drive on a hit and run to left field. Outfielder Jim Rapoport made a diving effort on the ball, but saw it skip past him to the wall and allow Steele and Boyer to score.
The Cardinal added a run in the seventh, but a pair of costly fielding errors and four Wildcat hits in the bottom of the frame led to five runs and essentially the end of the game. Schmidt, who finished 3 for 5 on the day, came up with a RBI double in the inning and Boyer chipped in with another run-scoring single as part of a 2 for 4, three-run game.
Stanford’s Manship (1-5) was charged with the loss after giving up five runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings of work.