Baseball Wins Second Straight Over Cal Poly

The Stanford Cardinal rolled to an easy 12-0 victory over the Cal Poly Mustangs on Saturday afternoon at Sunken Diamond. Ryan Garko had another big day at the plate with four hits including a home run while two other Stanford players blasted their first round-trippers of their careers. Read on for all the details.

The Stanford Cardinal had no trouble putting away the Cal Poly Mustangs on Saturday afternoon as they posted a 12-0 victory.  The win moved the Cardinal to 40-15 on the year which is the ninth straight year that Stanford has won at least 40 games in a season.  Mark Romanczuk and Matt Manship combined on a six-hitter while Ryan Garko led the offense with a 4-for-4 day that included his team-leading 15th home run of the year.

Today's game got off to a very interesting start as Stanford turned a triple play in the top of the first inning.  A single by Sam Herbert and a walk to Scott Anderson to start the game put two runners on base.  Adam Leavitt was up next and on a 1-and-2 pitch with the runners going, Leavitt hit a sharp low liner to John Mayberry, Jr. first.  Junior made a nice catch on the play, tagged first base for the out on Anderson and then threw to Tobin Swope, who was covering second, and he easily tagged out Herbert to complete the triple play.

In the bottom of the first, Stanford scored three runs against Cal Poly starter Garrett Olson to take the early lead.  Sam Fuld got things started with a triple to right center field and then scored when the next batter, Brian Hall, singled to left.  After Carlos Quentin flied out, Ryan Garko blasted his 15th homer of the year, a deep drive to straight-away left field for a 3-0 Cardinal lead.

After going down quietly in the second, the Cardinal pushed across three more scores in the bottom of the third.  Fuld was hit by a pitch to start things off.  After Hall flied out, Fuld stole second and then advanced to third when the throw went into center field.  With Fuld on third, Quentin walked and then Garko singled to plate Stanford's fourth run of the game.  Danny Putnam followed Garko's single with a single of his own and then Jed Lowrie singled to score Quentin and Garko to extend Stanford's lead out to 6-0.

Meanwhile, Mark Romanczuk was breezing through the Cal Poly lineup after the scare in the first inning.  The freshman southpaw struck out the side in the third and fifth frames and was pulled after six complete innings (and 100 pitches) of work.

The Cardinal added another run in the bottom of the fifth as Garko led off with a single and scored on a Putnam double off the wall in right center.  Then in the sixth, Stanford tallied four more runs to make the score 11-0.  Leading off in the seventh was Swope and the senior shortstop crushed a ball to deep left field for his first career home run.  The Cardinal scored three more runs in the inning on an RBI groundout from Quentin, another RBI double from Putnam to deep right center, and an RBI groundout from Lowrie.  Two Cal Poly errors in the inning aided the Stanford cause.

Matt Manship came on in relief of Romanczuk to start the seventh and had to work out of a little trouble to keep the shutout intact.  With two outs, a double and walk put two runners on, but Manship got Aaron Wise to ground into a fielder's choice, on a diving play by Swope, to end the inning.

Stanford completed the scoring in the bottom of the seventh when pinch-hitter John Hester belted his first career homer.  Manship breezed through the final two frames allowing just one hit to finish the game and pick-up his eighth save of the season.

Game Notes:
* Another great day at the plate for Ryan Garko as the senior catcher finished 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBI.  He's now batting .402 on the season.

* Danny Putnam (3-for-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI) and Brian Hall (2-for-3, RBI) also had multi-hit games today for the Cardinal.

* Sam Fuld extended his hitting streak to 13 games with his first inning triple.  The triple was Fuld's ninth of the season which is the second most in a single-season all-time at Stanford.  The record is ten set by Jack Shepard in 1953.

* Speaking of single-season records, Garko now has 78 RBI which is good for fifth all-time at Stanford (the record is 92).  Sandy Vance's 11-0 record in 1967 is good for the highest winning percentage (minimum eight decisions) for a pitcher on The Farm.  With the win today, Romanczuk is now 10-0.  Matt Manship's eighth save is the sixth most in a season at Stanford (the record is 13).

* Romanczuk today went six shutout innings while giving up just four hits.  He walked only one and struck out eight.

* The triple play turned by the Cardinal was actually their second of the year.  They turned the same trick back on March 2nd in a game at Sunken Diamond against the USC Trojans.

* The win was Stanford's 12th in their last 13 games.

Cal Poly    0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0   -   0   6   3
Stanford    3 0 3  0 1 4  1 0 x   -  12  13   0

WP: Mark Romanczuk (10-0)
LP: Garrett Olson (5-3)
S: Matt Manship (8)

HR: Stanford - Ryan Garko (15), Tobin Swope (1), John Hester (1)

Records: Cal Poly (27-27-1), #5 Stanford (40-15)

* The Stanford Cardinal will wrap-up the regular season tomorrow afternoon at 1:00pm when they again take on the Cal Poly Mustangs.  Tim Cunningham (2-3, 5.70) is scheduled to start on the hill.  Tomorrow is also "Senior Day" at Sunken Diamond as their will be a brief ceremony before the game to honor the four Stanford seniors - Tim Cunningham, Ryan Garko, Ryan McCally, and Tobin Swope - who will be playing their final regular season game on The Farm.

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