Offense Shines In Victory Over WSU

The Cardinal offense pounded out 17 hits en route to a 12-5 win over the Washington State Cougars on Saturday afternoon to claim another series victory. Ryan Garko hit two home runs, Carlos Quentin contributed four hits, while a freshman reliever dominated in an extended outing out of the bullpen. Read on for all the details.

The cold weather in Pullman doesn't appear to be affecting the Stanford hitters.  The Cardinal rolled to a 12-5 victory over the Washington State Cougars on Saturday afternoon to win their seventh series in a row.  Stanford (20-10, 6-2) rapped out 17 hits on the afternoon while Matt Manship dominated out of the bullpen in an extended relief outing.

The Cardinal jumped on the board early with four runs in the top of the first inning against WSU starter Bryce Chamberlin.  Sam Fuld walked to lead off the game and then moved to second on a Brian Hall ground ball out.  Carlos Quentin continued his hot hitting with a single to score Fuld for a 1-0 lead.  Next up was Ryan Garko and the senior catcher lauched a deep home run to center field, his seventh bomb of the year, to put Stanford ahead 3-0.  The Cardinal weren't done though as after Danny Putnam lined out, three consecutive singles by Jed Lowrie, John Mayberry, Jr., and Tobin Swope produced Stanford's fourth run of the inning.

Washington State answered back against Ryan McCally though with four runs of their own in the bottom of the first inning.  Jonanthan Fender and Jay Miller both singled to start the inning.  After a Jeremy Farrar ground out moved the runners to second and third, #4 hitter Grant Richardson delieved a single scoring Fender to make the score 4-1.  DH Wes Falkenborg was up next and he connected for a double scoring both Miller and Richardson and all of a sudden it was a 4-3 game.  After Dustin Realini struck out for the second out of the inning, Jonathan Baeder singled to score Falkenborg which tied the game at 4-4.

Neither team scored in the second and third innings, although not without some chances.  Stanford went down 1-2-3 in the second, but got a leadoff single from Garko in third.  The next three hitters went down though as the Cardinal remained at four runs scored through three frames.  Meanwhile, the Cougars put two runners on with one out in the bottom of the second, but McCally got out of the jam.  Realini doubled with one out in the third, but McCally retired the next two hitters to keep the game tied at 4-4.

Stanford went back in front in the top of the fourth with a single run against Chamberlin.  With two outs, consecutive singles by Fuld and Hall put two runners on.  Carlos Quentin then came through with a clutch hit singling home Fuld to put Stanford ahead 5-4.  After McCally worked a scoreless bottom of the fourth, the Cardinal offense went back to work.  Putnam led off the inning with a single and then a walk to Lowrie put runners on at first and second.  A wild pitch moved both runners up 90 feet and then a Mayberry, Jr. ground out scored Putnam extending the lead to 6-4.  With Lowrie on third and one out, Chamberlin uncorked another wild pitch to make the score 7-4.

McCally ran into some trouble in the bottom of the fifth which would spell the end of his afternoon.  Richardson led off by reaching on a Tobin Swope fielding error.  Falkenborg then singled and then a sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third with just one out.  That ended McCally's afternoon as Matt Manship was summoned from the bullpen.  The freshman righthander did a great job to get out of the jam as he struck out Baeder and Derek Bruce consecutively to end the inning and keep Stanford in front 7-4.

The Cardinal added another run in the top of the sixth inning to extend their lead out to four runs.  With one out, Hall was hit by a pitch.  He moved to second on a Quentin single and then a walk to Garko loaded the bases.  Chamberlin was then removed from the game as senior Nick Kenyon came into pitch and promptly gave up a single to Putnam to score Hall.  Kenyon though would get out of the inning without any further damage as he got Lowrie to ground into a 4-6-3 double play.

Stanford put the game out of reach in the top of the eighth with a four-spot.  The first four hitters combined to hit for the cycle as Fuld singled, Hall tripled off the wall in left, Quentin doubled, and then Garko homered.  When the dust had settled, the scoreboard read Stanford in front by a 12-4 score.

Meanwhile, Matt Manship was having no trouble setting down the WSU hitters.  He worked a perfect 1-2-3 sixth inning and then worked around a leadoff walk in the seventh.  In eighth, Manship retired the first two hitters of the inning before Justin Hart homered to right.  It was the first hit off Manship in 3 1/3 innings of relief work.  Manship retired the side in order in the ninth to seal the victory for Stanford.

Game Notes:
* It was the Carlos Quentin and Ryan Garko show at the plate this afternoon.  Quentin finished 4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and three RBI.  Quentin is now hitting .416 on the year.  Garko went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI.  Garko leads the team with eight homers and 41 RBI.

* Quentin extended his hitting streak to 18 games while Sam Fuld (2-for-5) extended his to 14 games.

* Brian Hall broke out of his 1-for-29 slump with a 2-for-5 game capped by his triple off the wall in the eighth inning.  

* Every starter, with the exception of Jonny Ash, had at least one hit.  Other multi-hit games today came from Danny Putnam (2-for-5, RBI) and Tobin Swope (2-for-5, RBI).

* Matt Manship picked up the win, his first ever at Stanford, with 4 2/3 innings of quality relief work.  Manship gave up just one run and one hit while walking one and striking out four.

* Starter Ryan McCally went the first 4 1/3 innings yielding four runs on nine hits.

Stanford          4 0 0  1 2 1  0 4 0   -   12  17   1
Washington State  4 0 0  0 0 0  0 1 0   -    5  10   1

WP: Matt Manship (1-2)
LP: Bryce Chamberlin (3-3)

HR: Stanford - Ryan Garko 2 (7, 8) ; Washington State - Justin Hart (2)

Records: #4 Stanford (20-10, 6-2), Washington State (9-21, 1-4)

* The Cardinal will go for the sweep tomorrow as first pitch is scheduled for 11:00am.  Stanford has yet to announce a starting pitcher while Washington State is scheduled to throw righthander Aaron McKenzie (2-3, 4.50).

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