Stanford Baseball Still Alive for Title!

If you were impressed by Friday's Palouse Pounding, then how exactly do you feel about a 19-3 romp on 24 Cardinal hits for game 2 on Saturday? Even more exciting is U$C's loss to the Beavs, which closes the gap to 1 game with just 1 game to go...

A day after hitting a season-high six home runs, the Stanford Cardinal rapped out a season-high 24 hits in their 19-3 thrashing of the Washington State Cougars. The Cardinal (41-14, 16-7) scored 16 runs in their first three innings and cruised to the victory. Stanford's win coupled with U$C's loss to Oregon State kept the Cardinal's hopes alive for a fifth consecutive conference title. The Trojans are one game ahead of Stanford with one game remaining in the 2001 regular season.

Stanford received big days at the plate from an assortment of players. Chris O'Riordan (4-for-4, 3 RBI), Sam Fuld (4-for-6, 3 RBI), Jason Cooper (4-for-6), and Andy Topham (4-for-6, HR, 4 RBI) led the offensive attack. Jeff Bruksch (9-4) had a solid outing on the hill going seven strong innings. The junior righthander gave up only four hits and one run while recording six strikeouts.

The Cardinal opened a long day of scoring in the top of the first inning with two runs. The first run scored on an RBI single by Jason Cooper while the second run came across on a Jonny Ash bases loaded walk. After Washington State scored a run in the bottom of the first inning on a “Neighborhood” Bookie Gates home run, Stanford erupted for ten runs in the second frame. 14 batters came up to the plate in the inning as the Cardinal pounded out ten hits alone in the inning. The big hits were a two-run triple by O'Riordan and a two-run double by Topham. That apparently wasn't enough for Stanford though as they added four more scores in the top of the third inning.

The Cardinal added single runs in the sixth, seventh, and ninth innings to finish the afternoon. The run in the sixth inning came on an RBI single off the bat of Sam Fuld. Andy Topham's solo homer accounted for the run in the seventh inning, and Jason VanMeetren's home run in the ninth capped off Stanford's 19-run performance.

Stanford and Washington State will conclude their series tomorrow afternoon at 1:00pm. Mike “Goose” Gosling (6-0, 3.29) is expected to start on the mound for the Cardinal. The Trojenz and River Rats will also wrap-up their series at 1:00pm in Corvallis.

Game Notes :

* Ryan Garko (1-for-5) extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games.

* Chris O'Riordan continued his torrid hitting and has re-taken the team lead in batting average at .377.

* The Cardinal have scored 33 runs on 37 hits and eight home runs in the first two games of this series.

* Stanford's team batting average is at a season-high .317. If the season were to end today, that would be the 3rd highest in school history.

STANFORD           2 10 4  0 0 1  1 0 1  -  19 24  0
WASHINGTON STATE   1 0  0  0 0 0  0 2 0  -   3  6  2

WP: Jeff Bruksch (9-3)

LP: Jamin Svendsen (2-3)

HR: STAN - Andy Topham (4), Jason VanMeetren (7).

WSU - none

Records : Stanford (41-14, 16-7)

Washington State (15-38, 6-17)

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