Lowrie Leads The Way In Rout Of Santa Clara

The Stanford Cardinal baseball team kept on rolling Wednesday night down at Santa Clara. Behind two home runs from Jed Lowrie and another from Chris Carter, the Cardinal crushed the Broncos by an 18-4 score. Stanford broke the game open with a nine-run third inning while they received excellent work from the entire pitching staff in this contest. Read on for a complete recap of all the action.

Stanford didn't waste any time tonight against Santa Clara as they jumped on the board first with a single run in the top of the first inning.  It came with two outs when Jed Lowrie crushed a home run well over the fence in right field.  It was Lowrie's team-leading sixth homer of the season.

The Broncos quickly answered back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first against starter Jeff Gilmore to take the lead.  With one out, Robert Perry ripped a triple to deep center field.  He scored when the next batter, Michael Thompson, flied out to center.  Santa Clara then went ahead when Will Thompson blasted a solo home run to right field.  The lead would be short lived, however.

In the top of the second with one out, Donny Lucy walked and Brian Hall singled to put two runners on.  Up stepped Chris Carter and on a 2-and-1 pitch, the slugging DH smoked a home run over the fence in left field to put Stanford in front, 4-2.

Santa Clara threatened to score in the bottom of the second when they put runners on the corners with one out against Gilmore, but the sophomore right hander would get out of it.  He picked off Matt McColgan on the fake-to-third, throw-to-first play.  He then struck out Eric Newton to end the inning.

Stanford broke the game open with nine runs in the top of the third inning to make it a 13-2 Cardinal lead.  Facing new pitcher Scott Shapiro, Jonny Ash got things started with a bloop single to left.  Shapiro then walked Lowrie to put two runners on which was followed by a Danny Putnam single to score Ash.  John Mayberry, Jr. promptly followed with an RBI single of his own as Lowrie scored on the play.  A walk to Lucy loaded the bases then a walk to Hall forced home a run which ended Shapiro's evening.

In came freshman Deke Dormer and he wouldn't fare that much better.  After a sacrifice fly off the bat of Carter, Sorgi walked to re-load the bases.  Sam Fuld then delivered a big hit with a two-run single up the middle to make the score 10-2.  After a wild pitch forced home another run, Lowrie capped the inning off with a two-run homer to deep right center field.  Add it all up and Stanford had scored nine runs to make it a 13-2 Cardinal advantage.

Gilmore breezed through the third inning and that ended his evening.  The Cardinal bats, however, would not slow down.  In the top of the fourth, Lucy singled with one out and then scored on a Hall double to deep center field.  That pushed Stanford's lead out to 14-2.

Mark Jecmen relieved Gilmore to start the bottom of the fourth.  The towering right hander easily set down the first two batters of the inning before running into some trouble.  He walked two consecutive hitters before Newton lofted a high fly ball down the right field line.  Running over toward the corner, Hall reached out, but had the ball glance off his glove for an error.  Two runs scored on the play to cut into the lead at 14-4.  Jecmen would retire the next batter on a ground out to end the inning.

Stanford kept things going in the fifth when Ash led off with a double and scored two batters later when Putnam reached on an error. 

Freshman Matt Leva tossed the fifth and sixth innings tonight for the Cardinal.  The 5'10" right hander surrendered just one hit, did not walk anyone while he struck out two.  It was his first appearance since the Texas series in late February and it was certainly an encouraging outing.

The Cardinal added to their lead with a single run in the top of the seventh to make it a 16-4 game.  Lowrie walked to get things started then moved to second on a Putnam single.  Mayberry, Jr. then stepped up and lined a single into right to score Lowrie.

After Kodiak Quick fired a scoreless bottom of the seventh, Stanford pushed across two more runs in the top of the eighth extending their lead out to 18-4.  Chris Minaker singled to lead off which was immediately followed by a Jim Rapoport triple to deep center field.  Rapoport would score two batters later on a Lowrie ground out.

Jonny Dyer and Matt Manship closed out tonight's game for Stanford.  Dyer worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning which Manship retired the side in the ninth throwing just four pitches in the process.

Game Notes:
* Lowrie finished 2-for-4 tonight with the two home runs and four RBI.  His batting average is up to .438 while he's now clubbed seven home runs and driven home 31.

* Carter also homered today - his third bomb of the year - and drove home four.

* Mayberry, Jr. (3-for-5, 2 RBI), Ash (2-for-6, 2B), Putnam (2-for-6, RBI), and Hall (2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI) also each had multi-hit games.

* The 18 runs scored was a season-high surpassing the 16 scored in the first game of the season against Cal State Fullerton (a 16-3 win).

* Stanford has now scored in double figures in eight of their 20 games this season.  They are averaging an amazing 8.8 runs per game this year.

* Gilmore recorded his fourth win of the year tonight.  He went the first three innings yielding two runs on five hits.  He did not walk anybody while he struck out two.

* Stanford has homered seven times in their last two games.

Stanford      1 3 9  1 1 0  1 2 0   -   18  16   2
Santa Clara   2 0 0  2 0 0  0 0 0   -    4   7   1 

WP: Jeff Gilmore (4-1)
LP: Scott Lonergan (1-1)

HR: Stanford - Jed Lowrie 2 (6, 7), Chris Carter (3) ; Santa Clara - Will Thompson (5)

Records: #1 Stanford (17-3), Santa Clara (12-14)

* The Cardinal return to Sunken Diamond this weekend when they host the Cal Poly Mustangs for three games.  Friday's contest will start at 6:00pm while Saturday's and Sunday's games will both get underway at 1:00pm.

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