After 12 days off, questions surrounded the Cardinal as they took the field against the #3 team in America, Arizona State. The Sun Devils have the best record in the country and by far the most wins. The Cardinal came into the game with a five game winning streak in which they scored 59 runs. But would they come out rusty against ASU and be able to overcome the absence of Chris Carter and Danny Putnam, both of whom did not make the trip because of injury?
John Hudgins squared off against freshman lefty Erik Averill for the Devils, and both pitchers worked four scoreless innings to start the game, with Averill retiring the first eight Stanford hitters. In the fifth, the Cardinal broke through with a RBI double from Chris Lewis, knocking home Tobin Swope. After Jed Lowrie reached on an error, moving up Lewis, Hall drove home Lewis to make it 2-0. Fuld bunted for a single to extend his hit streak to six and drove Averill from the game. With the bases loaded and nobody out, the Cardinal looked to break it open, but Beau Vaughan got Carlos Quentin to bounce into a 1-2-3 double play and struck out Ryan Garko to end the inning, with Stanford holding a 2-0 lead.
The Cardinal scored three more in the 6th on RBI singles by Swope, Lowrie, and Hall. Hall would have a career day, 4-6, 3 RBI, and a fantastic over the shoulder catch in left field.
However, ASU would respond against Hudgins in the sixth, scoring three runs. Andre Ethier opened the scoring by hitting a sac fly. Leading 5-1 with 2 outs, Hudgins got in front 0-2 to Dennis Wyrick, but Wyrick ripped a ball fair down the right field line, scoring two more to cut into Stanford's lead, now 5-3.
In the seventh, ASU added two more runs to tie the game. Hudgins gave up a leadoff single to Rod Allen and left the game. Kodiak Quick relieved and got one out before giving up an infield single to Dustin Pedroia and an RBI single to Travis Buck. He walked Jeff Larish intentionally and Mark Marquess got Matt Manship from the pen. Manship got Jeremy West to ground out but a run came across to tie the game. Manship got out of the inning without further damage.
In the eighth, Hall drove home his third run of the day to give the Card a 6-5 lead, but again, ASU came back. With the bases loaded and two outs, Manship got a high chopper to second off the bat of Buck, but Lewis double-clutched and Buck beat the throw on a very close play, tying the game at six-each. The Cardinal's John Mayberry Jr. tripled in the ninth with two outs but was stranded when Ryan Bosch robbed Jonny Ash of a base hit with a diving play in center field.
Ryan Schroyer and Matt Manship matched scoreless innings until the bottom of the 11th, where ASU would win the game. A leadoff walk to Pedroia and a Sac bunt which the Card could not record an out (Manship error) put runners at 1st and 2nd with no one out. David O'Hagan entered and Larish bunted the runners over. With runners at 2nd and 3rd, Marquess chose to pitch to Jeremy West and the gamble paid off, as O'Hagan struck him out looking. However, O'Hagan hit Ethier to load the bases and Wyrick's groundball went off the glove of Lowrie at 3rd, and Pedroia would score the winning run on a Wyrick's single.
R H E
Stanford 6 13 3
Arizona St. 7 11 2
WP: Ryan Schroyer (4-0)
LP: Matt Manship (0-2)
Records: Stanford (14-8), Arizona St. (32-3)
- Hitting streaks intact: Mayberry (15), Quentin (10), Hall and Fuld (6)
- Matt Manship tough loss: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
- Ryan Schroyer picked up the win for ASU and has not allowed an earned run this season.
- Dustin Pedroia reached base 5 of 7 times he stood in the box and had his 23rd multi-hit game for the Devils.
Sunday's game will face Ryan McCally (3-1) and Jered Liebeck (6-0), a pair of righties. Start time is 12:00 PST on KZSU 90.1 FM. Apologies for those of you who were listening to the game tonight and were left without coverage as we went to an internet only broadcast at the start of Women's Basketball's NCAA first round game. Chad Goldberg and Joe Ritzo have the call.