Six-run Eighth Inning Propels Stanford To 10-6 Win

A six-run eighth inning by Stanford snapped a 4-4 tie and then the Cardinal held off a late Washington rally to post a 10-6 victory over the Huskies on Saturday afternoon at Sunken Diamond. Stanford pounded out 19 hits on the afternoon as they evened their series with the Huskies. Read on for a complete recap.

The Stanford Cardinal evened their series with the Washington Huskies with a 10-6 win on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Sunken Diamond.  The Cardinal (17-9, 3-2) broke a 4-4 tie with six runs in the bottom of the eighth and then held off ninth inning rally by the Huskies (19-8, 1-1) to record the victory.

For the second straight day, Washington scored first as they pushed across a run against Stanford starter Ryan McCally in the top of the second inning.  #4 hitter Mike Wagner led off with a line drive double over the head of Sam Fuld in center, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and then scored two batters later when Chad Boudon came through with a clutch two-out single.

The Stanford offense was having no problems putting runners on base against UW starter Jeff Petersen, but lacked the clutch hit early on which would have allowed them to score a few runs.  In the bottom of the second, the Cardinal had runners on first and second with one out, but Jonny Ash flied out and Tobin Swope popped out to end the inning.  In the third, Fuld singled with one out and then Carlos Quentin singled with two outs, but Ryan Garko fouled out to first base to end that threat.  

Finally in the fourth, the Cardinal were able to push across a few runs.  Danny Putnam led the inning off with a single and then John Mayberry. Jr. ripped a single to left center moving Putnam to third.  Mayberry, Jr. advanced to second when the throw went all the way to third base.  Third baseman Jonny Ash then came through as he singled up the middle scoring both Putnam and Mayberry, Jr. to give Stanford their first lead of the series at 2-1.

Meanwhile, Ryan McCally was dodging in and out of trouble against the Washington hitters.  The Huskies had a runner at third with two outs in the third inning but McCally struck out Mike Wagner to end the threat.  Taylor Johnson led off the fourth frame with a walk, but was quickly erased when the next hitter, Aaron Hathaway, grounded into a double play.  McCally gave up a pair of singles in the fifth inning, but got Greg Issacson to pop out to shortstop to end the inning with the tying run at third base.

The Huskies though would get to McCally in the sixth inning thanks to a couple of longballs.  With two outs and nobody on, Johnson singled and then Hathaway crushed a deep home run to left field to put Washington back in front at 3-2.  On the very next pitch, Chad Boudon smoked a homer to left and all of a sudden, the Huskies were ahead 4-2.  McCally was able to get out of the inning without any more runs coming home to score, but the damage had already been done.

Stanford, meanwhile, had a golden opportunity in the bottom of the sixth to score a few runs.  With two outs, Jed Lowrie singled and then a walk to Fuld and a hit by pitch to Brian Hall loaded the bases.  That ended Petersen's afternoon as lefty David Dowling was brought into pitch.  Throwing a lot of soft stuff, Dowling was able to strike out Carlos Quentin to end the inning and keep Washington in front 4-2.  Through six innings, Stanford had nine hits, but they were all singles, and they had left 10 runners on base.

After giving up a leadoff single in the top of the seventh, Ryan McCally was lifted from the game in favor of David O'Hagan.  O'Hagan quickly retired three in a row and the Stanford hitters went back to work.  Ryan Garko led off the bottom of the seventh with a hard hit single into center field and two wild pitches from Dowling moved him to third.  After Putnam struck out, Mayberry. Jr. hit a hard line drive off the top of the wall in left field for a double to cut the Husky lead in half.  After Ash grounded out for the second out of the inning, senior shortstop Tobin Swope delivered the clutch hit singling to right field to score Mayberry, Jr. which tied the game at 4-4.

David O'Hagan worked a quick 1-2-3 top of the eighth inning and then the Stanford offense exploded.  Sam Fuld started the inning with a double to deep right field.  Brian Hall then laid down a bunt in an attempt to move Fuld to third.  The bunt was perfect as it rolled down the third base line and Hall reached first base safely on the infield hit.  Carlos Quentin put Stanford ahead for good as he doubled to left center to score Fuld and move Hall to third.  Ryan Garko was then intentionally walked to load the bases and that ended Dowling's afternoon.  Washington brought in another lefty, Scott Robertson, so Coach Marquess countered by sending right handed hitting Donny Lucy up to bat instead of Danny Putnam.  The move paid off as Lucy blooped a single over the head of shortstop Tila Reynolds, was who was in on the grass, to put Stanford ahead 6-4.  John Mayberry, Jr. then came up and flied out to deep center field easily scoring Quentin from third for a 7-4 lead.  After Ash popped out, Tobin Swope again came through with a big two-out hit as he singled home Garko and Lucy to give the Cardinal a five-run lead.  Stanford wasn't done though as Jed Lowrie singled to put two runners on and then Sam Fuld singled home Swope, his second hit of the inning, to extend Stanford's lead to 10-4.

The Huskies wouldn't go down quietly though as the first four runners reached base in the ninth inning off O'Hagan (two hits, an error, and a hit by pitch) to cut the lead to 10-5.  With the bases loaded and no outs, freshman Kodiak Quick was brought into pitch and he promptly gave up an RBI single to Kyle Larsen to cut the lead to 10-6.  But with the tying run at the plate, Quick bore down and struck out Wagner and Johnson and then got Hathway to ground into a fielder's choice to end the game and give Stanford a much needed 10-6 win.

Game Notes :
* The Cardinal pounded out 19 hits on the afternoon, their second highest output of the season.

* Every player in the starting lineup had at least one hit.  Multi-hit games today came from Sam Fuld (3-for-5, 2B, RBI), Carlos Quentin (2-for-5, 2B, RBI), Ryan Garko (2-for-4), John Mayberry, Jr. (3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI), Tobin Swope (2-for-5, 3 RBI), and Jed Lowrie (3-for-5).

* Quentin and Fuld extended their hitting streaks to 14 and 10 games respectively.  Quentin is hitting .446 during his streak while Fuld is hitting at a .510 clip.

* Ryan McCally went the first six innings in this game yielding four runs (all earned) on 11 hits.  He walked one and struck out two.  David O'Hagan picked up the win with two innings of relief work while Kodiak Quick recorded his third save of the year (ties him with Manship for the team lead).

* Stanford left 13 runners on base today and have now left 23 on this series.

Washington     0 1 0  0 0 3  0 0 2   -   6  14   0
Stanford       0 0 0  2 0 0  2 6 x   -  10  19   2

WP: David O'Hagan (3-1)
LP: David Dowling (5-1)
S: Kodiak Quick (3)

Records: #24 Washington (19-8, 1-1), #8 Stanford (17-9, 3-2)

* These two teams will wrap-up this three-game series tomorrow afternoon at 1:00pm at Sunken Diamond.  Mark Romanczuk (6-0, 3.21) is scheduled to start for Stanford while the Huskies are expected to throw Trevor Gibson (3-0, 1.47)

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