Card Clinch Series Win With 6-3 Victory

Stanford's pitching and defense continues to shine in the early season. Jeff Gilmore came through with his second straight solid outing on the mound while the Cardinal again played mistake-free baseball out in the field. Meanwhile, Stanford got enough offense at the plate to post their second straight win over Kansas, their fourth consecutive win overall, and their 14th win in a row at home dating back to last season.

Stanford looks to have found their #2 starter.  On the heels of a solid six inning performance last weekend at Fresno State (2 ER, 8 SO), sophomore Jeff Gilmore tossed seven quality innings this afternoon yielding just two runs on five hits.  Gilmore walked only one and struck out five to improve his record to 2-0.  The Cardinal also got another balanced effort from their offense en route to a 6-3 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks.

Stanford took the early lead in this ballgame with a single run in the bottom of the first inning.  Sam Fuld got things started by drawing a walk.  After he moved to second on a wild pitch, the Cardinal executed perfect situational hitting to bring him home.  Jonny Ash grounded out to second to move Fuld over to third and then with the infield playing back, Jed Lowrie grounded out to second to score the speedy center fielder.

Gilmore allowed his first run of the game in the second inning when KU third baseman Travis Metcalf homered to left field.  The Cardinal would quickly respond though as they mounted a two-out rally in the bottom of the second to retake the lead.  With two outs and nobody on, three straight singles from Adam Sorgi, Fuld, and Ash produced a run.

In the bottom of the third, Stanford extended their lead to 4-1 with two more scores.  With one out, John Mayberry, Jr. walked and then moved to second on a wild pitch.  Chris Carter then stepped up and belted a double off the 400 foot sign in center field to score Junior.  Two batters later, Donny Lucy crushed a line drive double off the wall in left to score Carter.

Gilmore retired six consecutive batters spanning the second, third, and fourth innings before Metcalf came up again and ripped his second home run of the afternoon.  Fortunately, it was a solo homer, so the Cardinal remained in front by a 4-2 score.

Stanford added a single run in the bottom of the fifth to go up 5-2.  Like Carter and Lucy, Mayberry, Jr. just missed on a home run when he smoked a double off the top of the wall in left center field.  He scored two batters later on a Brian Hall sacrifice fly to deep center.

Meanwhile, Gilmore was in cruise control.  He allowed a leadoff single in the fifth, but got a 6-4-3 double play on the very next pitch to get out of the jam.  He then went on to retire the side 1-2-3 in the sixth and seventh innings before being removed from the game.  Gilmore retired the last seven batters he faced.

The Cardinal scored their final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth.  With one out, Fuld doubled down the left field line.  After Ash grounded out, Lowrie came through with the clutch two-out hit when he singled into left field to bring home Fuld.  It was Lowrie's team-leading 11th RBI.

Sophomore Matt Manship relieved Gilmore to start the eighth inning.  Manship worked a 1-2-3 frame striking out two batters in the process.  In the ninth, the Jayhawks struck for one run off Manship when Jared Schweitzer doubled to lead off and then scored two batters later when Matt Tribble singled him home.  However, Metcalf grounded into a 6-4-3 double play - on which Sorgi made a very nice defensive play to glove the ball - to end the game.

Game Notes:
* Gilmore went seven full innings today in improving his record to 2-0 on the year.  His ERA now stands at an even 2.00.  Gilmore's slider looked especially good today.

* Manship was a candidate to start tomorrow's series finale, but obviously won't after his two-inning relief stint today.  The sophomore righty surrendered two hits and one run in two innings of work.

* Eight Stanford starters had at least one hit today led by Fuld (2-for-3, 2B) and Ash (2-for-5, RBI).

* Putnam extended his hitting streak (which dates back to last season) to nine games with a first inning single.

* Hall stole two bases today - just the second and third steals of the year for the Cardinal.

* Stanford has now won 14 consecutive home games dating back to last season.  They're 5-0 in 2004 at Sunken Diamond.

Kansas     0 1 0  1 0 0  0 0 1   -   3   7   0
Stanford   1 1 2  0 1 1  0 0 x   -   6  10   0

WP: Jeff Gilmore (2-0)
LP: Chris Smart (2-3)

HR: Kansas - Travis Metcalf 2 (2, 3)

Records: #4 Stanford (7-1), Kansas (7-6-1)

* These two teams will conclude this three-game series tomorrow morning at 11:00am.  Stanford has announced that Mark Jecmen (1-0, 7.20) will start on the mound while the Jayhawks are expected to counter with lefty Mike Zagurski (1-0, 2.53).

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