The Stanford Cardinal completed a huge three-game sweep of the USC Trojans late Sunday afternoon with an 8-3 victory at Dedeaux Field. Ryan Garko clubbed a grand slam home run in the top of the first inning and the Cardinal never looked back as they improved their record on the year to 31-14. Stanford also now has a 13-5 Pac-10 record which is 1 1/2 games ahead of Arizona State (10-5) and 2 games ahead of Arizona (11-7) who lost to California today.
Through just 14 pitches into his start today, SC freshman lefty Bobby Paschal had yielded four runs on four hits. On an 0-and-2 pitch, Sam Fuld singled up the middle. Jonny Ash followed with a single to move Fuld to second and Quentin ripped a single to left to load the bases. Then Ryan Garko came to the plate. Garko, who already had six hits including a homer in the first two games of this series, crushed a grand slam home run to left center field on a 1-and-1 pitch to put Stanford in front early, 4-0.
On the mound for the Cardinal, freshman Matt Manship was making his first start of the year. This was a bit of an unexpected move on the part of Coach Marquess as Manship had thrown some in the bullpen during the first game of the doubleheader as well as in yesterday's game. It was thought that Manship was going to be used as a reliever this weekend. Nevertheless, the 6'4" right hander got the starting call. Manship worked around a walk and a single in the first inning, two walks in the second inning, and a single and a hit by pitch in the third. Not the prettiest three innings in the world, but three zeros were on the scoreboard.
Meanwhile, the Cardinal added to their lead with two runs in the third and a single tally in the fourth. Jonny Ash walked to lead off the third and then two batters later, Garko blasted a home run down the left field line. It was the senior catcher's second bomb of the year, third of the series, and 13th of the season. In the fourth, Stanford manufactured a run as Mayberry, Jr. and Swope both singled to start the inning. Fuld sacrificed the runners over with a bunt and then Ash drove home Mayberry with a fly out to center field.
USC finally broke through against Manship with two runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to 7-2. With two outs, Jason Filarey singled and then leadoff hitter Michael Moon belted a homer down the right field line. Manship got out of the inning without further damage and then went on to fire three more scoreless frames. In the fifth, Manship retired the first two batters, but then walked a batter and gave up a single. The freshman settled down though as he got Filarey to ground into a fielder's choice to keep the score at 7-2.
Manship worked a 1-2-3 sixth inning and then gave up a harmless two-out single in the seventh. USC stranded 11 runners on the base paths over the first seven innings.
Stanford scored their final run of the game in the seventh inning as Quentin doubled down the left field line and then scored on a single by Garko. It was Garko's seventh RBI of the game.
In the bottom of the eighth, Manship walked the leadoff batter, Ryan Broderick, who would later score on a wild pitch with two outs. That ended Manship's afternoon as David O'Hagan was brought into the game. O'Hagan recorded the final out of the eighth inning and then worked a perfect 1-2-3 ninth inning to seal the victory.
- It was quite a game and quite a series for Ryan Garko. In this game, Garko went 4-for-4 with two homers and seven RBI. He also stole a base, his second of the year. For the series, Garko finished 10-for-13 with three home runs, two doubles, six runs, 11 RBI, and a stolen base. His slugging percentage for the series was 1.615.
- Garko's season numbers now stand at .393 with 13 homers and 64 RBI. He's nine RBI away from cracking the single-season Stanford recordbook. The record is 92 which was set by Rick Lundblade in 1985.
- For the series, the Cardinal scored 38 runs on 47 hits and hit .395 as a team. Including the 18-4 win over SC back on March 2nd, Stanford has scored 56 runs in their last four games with USC. Stanford is also now 13-2 in their last 15 games with the Trojans dating back to 2001.
- Carlos Quentin (2-for-5, 2B) was the only other Stanford player with a multi-hit game today. Every starter except Danny Putnam had at least one hit today. Putnam's hitting streak was snapped at ten games.
- Matt Manship picked up the win with 7 2/3 innings of quality work. He gave up three runs on eight hits, walked six, and struck out three. His previous career high in innings pitched was 4 2/3 (4-5 at WSU).
- More Garko numbers : He hasn't struck out now in 57 consecutive at-bats. His last strike out came on April 5th at Washington State. Garko now has more homers (13) than strikeouts (11) this year.
Stanford 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 - 8 12 0
USC 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 - 3 8 1
WP: Matt Manship (2-3) LP: Bobby Paschal (3-5)
HR: Stanford - Ryan Garko 2 (12, 13), USC - Michael Moon (4)
Records: #9 Stanford (31-14, 13-5), USC (25-22, 9-9)
* The Cardinal will next be in action on Tuesday night when they take on the San Jose State Spartans at Municipal Stadium starting at 7:00pm. Stanford will travel to Berkeley next weekend for a three-game series at Cal.