Oregon St. 8, Stanford 7
It's tough to beat any team when you spot them a 6 run lead in the first two innings, and the Cardinal proved that tonight, coming up just short against the OSU Beavers, losing 8-7. For the Beavers, its their first win at Sunken Diamond since 1970, and the Cardinal have their 7 game win streak snapped, leaving them with an 25-11 overall record and a 8-3 mark in Pac-10 play.
OSU started off hot with the bats. In the first, Seth Pietsch and Aaron Matthews led off with seeing-eye singles and Tony Calderon knocked home Pietsch with an RBI single down the LF line. Ryan McCally got out of a jam by striking out Chris Biles and getting Jacoby Ellsbury to line out with runners at first and second, but OSU led 1-0.
After the Cardinal failed to score in the first (although Carlos Quentin did single, extending his hit streak to 24 games), the Beavers got to McCally in the 2nd. Paul Richie led off with a single, and after a SAC bunt, Marc Jackson delivered his first college hit, a single to left driving home Richie making it 2-0 OSU. After a Pietsch single, the Beavers had runners at 1st and 2nd with 2 outs. However, McCally couldn't escape trouble again when Andy Jarvis singled to right to make it 3-0 Oregon St. Mark Marquess decided that he had seen enough of McCally, bringing in David O'Hagan with runners at first and third. On the first pitch, Calderon knocked home his second run of the day with a single to left. Chris Biles added to the pain by doubling home two more runs, giving the Beavers 5 in the inning and 6 in the game, as they led 6-0. Final line for McCally: 1.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 1 K, 44 pitches.
Jake Postlewait on the hill for OSU shut down the Cardinal the first time through the order, but the second time through the Cardinal started up offensively. Hall and Fuld singled to lead off the third, and Ryan Garko walked to load the bases with one out. Donny Lucy knocked home a run with a liner up the middle, and Danny Putnam looped a single to left-center to make it 6-3 in favor of OSU.
Oregon St. got a run back in the fourth on another RBI single for Calderon, his third in as many ABs. Postlewait worked a perfect fourth against the Cardinal, and Oregon St. led 7-3.
O'Hagan worked out of a jam in the 5th, but not before one of the most bizarre plays of the year. With a runner on first, O'Hagan missed low to Richie and Garko dropped the ball. Instead of picking up the ball with his bare hand, Garko picked up the ball with his mask, which is illegal by baseball rules, and the runner at first was awarded second after an argument made by Beavers' Coach Pat Casey. Garko was credited with an error, and although the play did not mean anything, it certainly made for an interesting official scoring ruling by Kyle McRae, Stanford's ace SID.
Stanford brought the game to within 2 in the 5th with a 2 RBI double by Danny Putnam. Putnam's day was perfect, as he would finish 3-3, 2B, 4 RBI, and 2 BB. Trailing 7-5, it certainly seemed like Stanford was poised for a comeback. In the 7th, the Cardinal added a run off reliever Ty Kline and Nathan Pendley, when Ryan Garko scored after 2 Pendley wild pitches. Score: 7-6 OSU after 7.
Drew Ehrlich bailed O'Hagan out of a jam in the 7th with one pitch and was scheduled to face 2-3-4 for OSU in the 8th, trailing by one. Ehrlich retired Aaron Matthews and got ahead of Jarvis but he would blast a solo HR to right on 1-2 to give OSU a two run lead. Ehrlich was relieved by Jonny Dyer who pitched 1.2 perfect innings.
However, it wasn't enough. Stanford had two runners on for Quentin in the 8th but he popped out to the catcher to end the inning. In the 9th off Pendley, Garko doubled to lead off, but then Lucy struck out. Putnam's third hit of the night put runners at the corners for John Mayberry. Mayberry came into the AB 0 for his last 10, and left the AB 0 for his last 11 after a fielder's choice ground out knocking home Garko to make it 8-7. However, Tobin Swope would fly out to preserve the victory for OSU, as they evened up the series with an 8-7 victory.
R H E
Oregon St. 8 13 0
Stanford 7 12 1
Oregon St. (17-18, 4-7 Pac-10), Stanford (25-11, 8-3 Pac-10)
-The Cardinal's 7 game win streak is snapped with the loss.
-Oregon St. wins its first game at Sunken since 1970.
-Carlos Quentin went 3-5 and extended his hit streak to 24. He is now hitting .420.
-Andy Jarvis and Tony Calderon each had 3 hits, with Jarvis adding 2 RBI and Calderon 3.
-Stanford lost a Ryan McCally pitched game for the first time in 8 McCally starts.
-David O'Hagan added some important work in long relief, giving Stanford 5 innings while allowing just two runs.
-Nathan Pendley started with 2 wild pitches but finished the game for his first win.
-The Cardinal are now 1.0 games ahead of Arizona who is now 7-4 after a win against WSU. ASU and USC both lost tonight and remain two games behind Stanford.
-Tomorrow's rubber game will pit RHP Steven Copeland against likely starter LHP Mark Romanczuk for the Cardinal. First pitch is 1:00 PM at Sunken Diamond.