Quentin Powers Stanford To 17-8 Victory

Carlos Quentin came up in the ninth inning needing a single to hit for the cycle. Instead, he blasted his second homer of the game. The Stanford right fielder finished the evening 4-for-5 with six runs scored and six RBI. He now has a 20-game hitting streak and is batting .423 on the season. And oh by the way, Stanford beat Santa Clara 17-8.

The Stanford Cardinal, fresh off a series sweep at Washington State, crushed the Santa Clara Broncos Tuesday night by a score 17-8.  Carlos Quentin hit two homers and drove home six while Drew Ehrlich had an impressive long relief outing tossing the final 6 1/3 innings while giving up just two runs and recording seven strikeouts.

The Cardinal (22-10) jumped on the Broncos early with two runs in the top of the first inning.  With one out, Brian Hall walked and then Carlos Quentin lined a ball off the wall in center for a double to score Hall.  Quentin advanced to third when SCU second baseman A.J. LaBarbera threw wildly to home in an attempt to throw out Hall on the relay.  Next up was Ryan Garko and the senior catcher picked up another RBI, his 44th of the season, with a ground out to third.

The Broncos (16-20) would quickly answer back though with three runs of their own against Tim Cunningham.  Cunningham, who was making his second start since coming back from a broken finger, did not retire a batter before being pulled.  Scott Dierks led off the bottom of the first with a home run, his 13th homer of the year.  Cunningham then gave up a single to Jack Headley and a walk to LaBarbera to put two runners on.  Jim Wallace drove them both home with a double and after Cunningham walked the #5 hitter Will Thompson, he was removed from the game.  Sophomore Billy Paganetti was called into pitch and the righthander did a nice job to get out of the inning without further damage getting two fly outs and a ground out.

After neither team scored in the second inning, Stanford went back in front with three scores in the top of the third.  With one out, Sam Fuld was hit by a pitch and then Brian Hall stepped up and clubbed a home run to left field, his fourth homer of the year, to put the Cardinal back in front at 4-3.  Quentin then hit a scorching one-hop ground ball to short that SCU shortstop Michael Lange booted - it was scored an error.  Garko lined a double to left and then Donny Lucy was intentionally walked to load the bases.  Second baseman Jed Lowrie was up next and the freshman came through with a sacrifice fly to center scoring Quentin for a 5-3 lead.

After working a 1-2-3 second inning, Paganetti began to struggle in the third.  With one out, consecutive singles by Will Thompson and Scott Shapiro put two runners on base.  After Michael Thompson flied out for the second out of the inning, Jason Matteucci delivered a clutch RBI double to right center scoring Thompson and moving Shapiro to third.  #9 hitter Michael Lange then stepped up and singled to center field to score two more and give the Broncos a 6-5 lead.  After Paganetti hit the next batter with a pitch, he was pulled from the game in favor of Drew Ehrlich.  Ehrlich got out of inning without any more runners coming home to score.

Santa Clara brought in a new pitcher to start the fourth inning in freshman Andrew Slorp.  Slorp promptly gave up singles to Chris Carter and Jonny Ash to start the inning and then walked Fuld which ended his evening.  Anthony Rea was then summoned from the bullpen and Rea initially did well as he got Brian Hall to fly out to shallow right for the first out of the inning.  But then came Carlos Quentin.  On an 0-1 pitch, Quentin smoked a grand slam home run well over the fence in left field to put Stanford back ahead at 9-6.  

The Broncos scored a run off Ehrlich in the bottom of the fourth on a Will Thompson solo homer, but would not score again until the last of the ninth.

In the top of the sixth, with the score still 9-7 Stanford, the Cardinal went back to work on Rea as they added three more runs.  With one out, Rea walked Quentin and Garko to put two runners on.  Donny Lucy then blooped a single into right field to score Quentin.  Jed Lowrie followed the Lucy hit with a single up the middle to easily score Garko and move Lucy to third.  Lucy would score when the throw into third base by SCU center fielder Jack Headley skipped by the third baseman and all of a sudden it was a 12-7 game.

The Cardinal put the game out of reach with four runs in the eighth inning.  Quentin began the inning with a triple off the wall in left field.  After Garko was hit by a pitch, John Mayberry, Jr. (who replaced Lucy at first base in the 6th inning), singled to right field to score Quentin.  Lowrie sacrificed the runners up to second and third with a bunt and then Tobin Swope tripled to the left center field gap to extend the lead to 15-7.  Swope would later score on a passed ball.

Stanford added one more run for good measure in the ninth inning.  Carlos Quentin came to the plate needing a single for the cycle, but instead homered to left center field, his second of the game and fourth of the year, to give the Cardinal a 10-run cushion.

Meanwhile, Drew Ehrlich was easily setting down the SCU hitters.  The junior righthander worked scoreless fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth innings while picking up five strikeouts in the process.  He gave up a single run in the ninth inning, but otherwise looked great on the hill.

Game Notes:
* What a game for Carlos Quentin.  4-for-5, a double, a triple, and two homers.  He scored six runs and drove in six runs.  Keep in mind also that both his double and triple were off the wall and the one time he didn't get a hit was when he a hit a very hard one-hop ground ball to short that was misplayed.  Quentin's hitting streak is now at 20 games.

* Quite a performance as well for Drew Ehrlich.  Ehrlich went the final 6 1/3 innings giving up just two runs on six hits.  He didn't walk anybody while picking up seven K's.  

* The real downside to today's game was the outing from Tim Cunningham.  Cunningham faced five hitters and they all reached base safely.  The senior lefty has now given up six runs in 2 1/3 innings in his two starts since returning from injury.

* Other hitting stars for the Cardinal today included Ryan Garko (2-for-3, 2B, RBI) and Jed Lowrie (2-for-4, 2 RBI).  Brian Hall also contributed the two-run homer in the second inning.

* John Mayberry, Jr. didn't start for the first time all season as Donny Lucy got the call at first base and went 1-for-3 with an RBI.  Mayberry, Jr. entered the game in the sixth inning and went 1-for-2 with an RBI.

* Chris Carter made his second start of the season and finished 1-for-4 with a single and a walk.  His single was a line drive into center field on a 3-0 pitch.

* Sam Fuld's hitting streak came to an end at 15 games with an 0-for-4 performance tonight.

Stanford      2 0 3  4 0 3  0 4 1   -   17  14   1
Santa Clara   3 0 3  1 0 0  0 0 1   -    8  13   4

WP: Drew Ehrlich (1-0)
LP: Andrew Slorp (0-1)

HR: Stanford - Carlos Quentin 2 (3,4), Brian Hall (4) ; Santa Clara - Scott Dierks (13), Will Thompson (8)

Records: #4 Stanford (22-10), Santa Clara (16-20)

* The Cardinal will next be in action this weekend when they play a two-game series with the Sacramento State Hornets.  Friday's game will be at Sunken Diamond starti

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