Pounding: Card Crush Cougs

Stanford jogs the bases all day long in a 14-6 rout of Wazzu, but can't catch those U$C Trojenz in the stretch run of the 9-Pac race. While it's comforting to see the hitting come alive for the Card, once invincible Jeremy Guthrie got hit again.

The Stanford Cardinal clubbed six home runs en route to a convincing 14-6 victory over the Washington State Cougars tonight at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman. Unfortunately for Stanford, the U$C Trojans were also winners today as they defeated Oregon State 7-3 in ten innings. The Trojans remain two games ahead of the Cardinal in the conference standings with only two games remaining.

Stanford jumped on the scoreboard first in the top of the second inning with four runs to take the early lead. Jason Cooper led off the inning with a walk and then scored on Scott Dragicevich's home run to left field. Later in the inning, Arik VanZandt hit a two-out double and promptly scored on Chris O'Riordan's 10th homer of the season. After Washington State scored a single run in the bottom of the inning, the Cardinal answered back with two more runs of their own in the third inning. Ryan Garko led off with a single and scored on Carlos Quentin's team-leading 11th home run of the year to increase Stanford's lead to 6-1. In the fourth inning, Andy Topham led off with a home run to run the score to 7-1. Two more runs would come across later in the inning on back-to-back sacrifice flies by Sam Fuld and Garko.

The Cougars would temporarily get back in the game with a run in the fifth inning and three more tallies in the sixth frame. Stanford starter Jeremy Guthrie returned to the mound in the seventh inning only to give up a couple of singles after retiring the first batter. With the tying run in the on-deck circle, relief pitcher Mike Wodnicki induced Justin Williams to ground into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning and keep the score at 9-5.

The Cardinal put the game out of reach in the eighth inning with five more runs, all coming on home runs. Arik VanZandt clubbed his sixth homer of the season, a three-run blast. Later in the inning, Ryan Garko hit a two-run bomb to make the score 14-5. Washington State ended the scoring with a single run in the bottom of the ninth on a home run off the bat of Stefan Bailie.

Guthrie gave up a season-high 13 hits on the evening but was able to contain the damage and lasted 6 1/3 innings. The sophomore right hander gave up five runs (two earned), walked one, and struck out six to pick up his 10th win of the year. Mike Wodnicki threw the final 2 2/3 innings (one run, one hit, two strikeouts) to record his team-leading fifth save. Six players had multi-hit games while five players recorded multi-RBI games.

Notes :

* Ryan Garko (2-for-3) extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games.

* Stanford has now won 40 games in seven consecutive seasons.

* Chris O'Riordan is Stanford's all-time leader in career batting average (.366).

STANFORD          0 4 2  3 0 0  0 5 0    -   14   13    1
WASHINGTON STATE  0 1 0  0 1 3  0 0 1    -   6    14    2

WP: Jeremy Guthrie (10-4)
LP: Garrett Alwert (2-6)
S: Mike Wodnicki (5)

HR: Stan - O'Riordan (10), Garko (4), Quentin (11), Dragicevich (5), Topham (3), VanZandt (6). WSU - Bailie (17)

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