Card Complete Sweep With Extra Inning Win

The Stanford Cardinal had to rally in the ninth inning before eventually prevailing in the 11th frame to complete a three-game sweep of the Washington State Cougars on Monday afternoon. There were numerous hitting stars for Stanford in the 8-5 victory led by the clutch performances of Jonny Ash and Sam Fuld. Read on for a complete recap.

The Stanford Cardinal completed a sweep of the Washington State Cougars on Monday afternoon with an 8-5, 11 inning victory at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman.  The 4th ranked Cardinal (21-10, 7-2) trailed 4-2 heading into the ninth before rallying for two runs to force extra innings.  Each team scored single runs in the tenth, before Stanford put away the Cougs with three scores in the top of the ninth.

The Cardinal got on the scoreboard first with a run in the top of the first inning.  With one out, Brian Hall doubled and then scored when the next hitter, Carlos Quentin, doubled.  WSU starter Aaron MacKenzie got out of the inning though getting Ryan Garko and Danny Putnam to pop out.  

Mark Romanczuk started on the hill for Stanford and looked good through the first five innings.  He gave up a one-out single and issued a two-out walk in the first, but got out of the inning unscored upon.  He worked around a leadoff double in the third while also putting up zeros in the fourth and fifth frames.  Through five, the freshman southpaw had given up just three hits, had one walk, whole recording two strikeouts.

The Stanford hitters though couldn't muster any offense against MacKenzie after scoring in the first inning.  Opponents were hitting just .238 against MacKenzie entering the game - a team low - and the Cardinal hitters saw exactly why that number was so low in the middle innings.  Stanford got a one out double from Hall in third, but he was unable to score.  The Cardinal then went down quietly in the fourth and fifth innings without picking up a hit.  Finally with one out in the sixth, Ryan Garko smoked a home run to left field, his ninth of the year, to give Stanford a 2-0 lead.

The Cougars finally got to Romanczuk in the bottom of the sixth with two runs to tie the game.  Jay Miller led off with a single and then #3 hitter Jeremy Farrar homered and all of a sudden, it was a 2-2 game.  After Stanford went down without a serious threat in the top of the seventh, the WSU hitters went back to work in the bottom half of the inning.  With Jon Baeder on at first base and two outs, leadoff hitter Jonathan Fender singled to put runners at first and second.  That ended Romanczuk's afternoon as fellow freshman Kodiak Quick was summoned from the bullpen.  Quick promptly gave up a single to right field to Miller scoring Baeder from second.  The Cougars would get another run on the play though when rightfielder Carlos Quentin airmailed the cutoff man, and then the ball skipped by Jonny Ash at third base which allowed Fender to score as well giving the Cougars a two run lead.

Brian Hall led off the eighth inning with a single, but a Quentin pop out and a Garko double play ended that threat.  After Quick pitched a scoreless bottom of the eighth, Stanford went to work in the ninth.  Danny Putnam led off the inning with a deep home run to right field to cut the lead in half.  After Lowrie flied out, John Mayberry, Jr., who was 0-for-3 on the afternoon, was pinch hit for by Donny Lucy.  The move worked as Lucy doubled off the wall in left center field.  After Tobin Swope grounded out to third for the second out of the inning, Jonny Ash delivered in the clutch singling into right field to score Lucy.  Ash though was thrown out at second trying to advance on the throw.

Washington State got a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth which ended Quick's day as David O'Hagan was brought into pitch.  O'Hagan gave up a two-out single, but struck out Farrar with runners on first and second to end the inning and send the game into extras.  

Aaron MacKenzie went back out to the mound in the tenth and promptly walked Sam Fuld to lead off the inning.  Brian Hall then laid down a bunt only to have MacKenzie bobble it and everyone was safe.  The next hitter up was Carlos Quentin and the powerful rightfielder struck out on a 3-2 pitch for the first out of the inning.  Coach Marquess though sent the runners on the pitch and Fuld and Hall made it safely to put runners at second and third base.  After Garko was intentionally walked, Putnam flied out to left field which was plenty deep enough to score Fuld from third to put Stanford in front, 5-4.

It looked as if the Cardinal was going to pull this one out as O'Hagan quickly retired the first two hitters in the bottom of the tenth.  But then shortstop Derek Bruce launched a deep home run to left field to tie the game back up.

In the 11th, facing reliever Nick Kenyon, Swope drew a one out walk.  He stole second base and then advanced to third on Ash's ground out to first.  Sam Fuld then stepped up and singled up the middle to score Swope and put Stanford back ahead at 6-5.  The Cardinal weren't done though as after Fuld advanced to third on a wild pickoff throw, Brian Hall singled him in increasing the lead to 7-5.  Quentin drew a walk to put two runners on and then Ryan Garko clubbed a double to score Hall for an 8-5 advantage.

The Cougars mounted a rally in the bottom of the 11th as they loaded the bases with two outs (the third base runner reached on a Jonny Ash dropped pop-up), but O'Hagan struck out pinch hitter Garrett Alwert to end the game and give Stanford the series sweep.

Game Notes:
* O'Hagan was the winner on the mound with three innings of relief work.   He gave up one run on three hits and now has a 4-1 record this year.

* Brian Hall led the offense with a 4-for-5 game.  He scored two runs and also stole two bases which gives him a team-leading 11 this season.

* Ryan Garko (2-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI), Jed Lowrie (2-for-5, 2B), and Tobin Swope (2-for-4, SB) also had multi-hit games for Stanford.  The Cardinal rapped out 15 hits on the afternoon.

* Carlos Quentin (1-for-5) extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a double in the first inning.  Sam Fuld (1-for-5) extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a single in the 11th inning.

* Starter Mark Romanczuk went the first 6 2/3 innings on the hill yielding four runs (three earned) on seven hits.  He walked one and struck out three.

* WSU starter Aaron MacKenzie threw ten innings for the Cougars today.  He gave up 12 hits and five runs.

* Stanford is now one full game ahead of Cal (6-3) in the Pac-10 standings and 2 1/2 games ahead of Arizona State, Arizona, UCLA, and Washington who are all 3-3.  This was the first conference sweep for any Pac-10 team this season.

Stanford          1 0 0  0 0 1  0 0 2  1 3   -   8  15   3
Washington State  0 0 0  0 0 2  2 0 0  1 0   -   5  13   3

WP: David O'Hagan (4-1)
LP: Nick Kenyon (1-2)

HR: Stanford - Ryan Garko (9), Danny Putnam (5) ; Washington State - Jeremy Farrar (3)

Records: #4 Stanford (21-10, 7-2), Washington State (9-22, 1-5)

* The Cardinal are back in action tomorrow evening at Santa Clara.  First pitch at Buck Shaw Stadium is scheduled for 6:00pm.  Stanford will play a two-game series with the Sacramento State Hornets this weekend.  Friday's game will be at Sunken Diamond (6pm while, Saturda

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