Washington Defeats Stanford In Series Opener

Winning two of three games against the ASU Sun Devils in Tempe gave the Cardinal a huge advantage at the start of Pac-10 play, especially with the next three games at home. However, Stanford is back to .500 in league, as the #24 Washington Huskies took advantage of a few early Stanford mistakes and got the big hit when they needed to tonight, beating the Cardinal 5-3. Read on for details.

Washington 5, Stanford 3 

With the short week between the last pitch Monday night in Tempe and the first pitch at Sunken against the Washington Huskies tonight, the Cardinal had little time to savor the flavor of a great series victory against Arizona St. The sweet taste left behind from the ASU series quickly turned bitter tonight against Washington, as the Cardinal's offense regressed against Sean White, and the Huskies showed why they deserve a top 25 ranking tonight, beating the Cardinal 5-3. 

John Hudgins squared off against White, and both pitchers allowed just one hit through the first three innings. However, Hudgins did something in the 4th that seemed like something out of the past: he walked the first two batters, Greg Issacson and Kyle Larsen. In 2001 and 2002, Hudgins struggled at times with control, but this season he came into the game with only 9 BB in 57 innings. After a meeting on the mound with Tom Kunis, Hudgins settled down to retire cleanup hitter Mike Wagner on an infield pop-up, keeping runners at first and second. But Taylor Johnson ripped a 2-1 Hudgins offering down the right field line, scoring Issacson and giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead. On the next pitch, Cardinal nemesis Aaron Hathaway flied out to deep center, deep enough to score Larsen from third to make it 2-0. One pitch later, Chad Boudon ripped a ball through the right side for a single, scoring Johnson and giving UW the early 3-0 lead. 

In the meantime, Sean White shut down the Cardinal. White threw 7.0 innings of shutout baseball against the UC-Irvine Anteaters last weekend, and the Cardinal did not score in the first seven tonight. Their best chance early was in the 4th, where with one out the Cardinal put runners on at first and second. However, Danny Putnam grounded into a fielder's choice and John Mayberry, Jr. popped up to end the inning. White's control was perfect tonight: no walks in 7.1 innings. 

The score remained 3-0 in favor of Washington into the top of the eighth, when Hudgins gave up a leadoff single to Larsen and was removed in favor of Drew Ehrlich. While Ehrlich balked the runner to second, he struck out Wagner and Johnson and was ahead in the count 0-2 to Hathaway. Ehrlich's offering was in the dirt and got away from Garko, and Larsen raced to third and headed for home. Ehrlich helped Garko find the ball, and no one covered the plate. Finally, John Mayberry raced over from first to the plate to receive Garko's throw and tag out Larsen at the plate to keep the score 3-0. At the time, it would seem to be a pivotal moment. 

In the bottom half of the inning, Stanford finally solved in some part the Sean White mystery. Fuld's leadoff single extended his hit streak to nine games. Hall struck out, but then Quentin singled up the middle, putting runners at the corners. Garko came through in the clutch, doubling down the LF line to give the Cardinal their first run and put runners at second and third with only one out. Leading 3-1, Ken Knutson pulled Sean White for Brian Carter, the lefty who came in with 4 saves. Danny Putnam could only manage a pop up in the infield, and Mayberry grounded out to maintain the 3-1 UW lead. 

Ehrlich walked Hathaway to lead off the ninth. He then gave up a long homer to Chad Boudon to give the Huskies a 5-1 lead. Jonny Dyer and Billy Paganetti would finish the ninth, stranding UW runners at second and third. 

While Stanford hadn't produced all night, they gave it one valiant effort in the ninth against Carter. Jonny Ash ripped his third hit of the game through the right side to lead off the inning. Swope popped out, but then Donny Lucy hit for Jed Lowrie (who earlier had hit for Chris Lewis) and singled hard to left. Fuld stepped up and bunted back to the pitcher, putting runners at second and third with two outs. The bunt was clearly a base hit attempt, but went right back to Carter. Up stepped Hall, who was 0-4 with 3 Ks. He got down in the count, but then extended it to 3-2 and fouled off 3 pitches. He coaxed a walk out of Carter to bring up Quentin with the tying run. Quentin was already 3-4. He fell behind 0-2, but fouled off a few before looping a 2-RBI single to left to cut the lead to 5-3. However, on the next pitch, Garko would ground out to third and the game ended, giving the Huskies a big first win in the conference and dropping Stanford back to .500 in Pac-10 play. 

 

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WP:  Sean White (4-3)

LP: John Hudgins (4-2)

Save: Brian Carter (5) 

Records: Washington (19-7, 1-0 Pac-10), Stanford (16-9, 2-2 Pac-10) 

Notes:

  • Carlos Quentin's 4-5, 2 RBI performance led the Cardinal, and also extended his hitting streak to 13, a personal best.
  • Jonny Ash also performed well, going 3-4 with three singles.
  • Both Danny Putnam (who started at DH) and Chris Carter are active for this series after not making the trip to Tempe. Putnam had a 2B and was 1-4. Carter did not play, and has not played this season. He did grab a bat during the final innings and like he can play this weekend. Mark Marquess confirmed before the game Carter was cleared to play.
  • Billy Paganetti made his first appearance since February 8th, striking out the only batter he faced. This season he has pitched 3.2 innings without allowing a hit.
  • Chad Boudon led the way for UW, going 3-4 with a HR and 3 RBI.
  • Sean White was outstanding for the Huskies: 7.1 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 118 pitches.
  • John Hudgins worked at least six innings for the ninth consecutive time this year. He has done so in each start. 7.0+, 8 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 5 K, 114 pitches.
  • Stanford stranded 10 runners on base.
  • Slumps: Mayberry is 0 for his last 9, Hall 0 for his last 13, and Lewis 0 for his last 11 with 5 K, including 2 tonight.
  • Tomorrow's game will see both teams start righties: Jeff Petersen for Washington (1-2, 4.01 ERA) against Ryan McCally (3-1, 4.05). First pitch is at 1:00 PM at Sunken Diamond. The game will be carried live on KZSU, 90.1 FM and onv kzsulive.stanford.edu. Chad Goldberg will have the call starting at 12:45 with the Stanford Baseball Pregame Show.

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