Card Complete Sweep With Another Rout

The good times continue to roll for the Stanford baseball team as they easily dispatched of the Cal Poly Mustangs by a 10-3 score on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Sunken Diamond. For Stanford, it's already their fourth series sweep of the year. Individually, starter Jeff Gilmore dazzled on the mound this afternoon while John Mayberry, Jr. and Ryan Seawell led the offensive attack.

Jeff Gilmore started strong in this game as he quickly put up zeros in the first and second innings.  In fact, he worked a 1-2-3 second frame throwing just four pitches in the process.  It was a sign of things to come as the sophomore right hander did an excellent job getting ahead of hitters all game and then let his infield do all the work defensively.

Stanford threatened in the bottom of the first against Cal Poly starter Garrett Olson when Sam Fuld and Jonny Ash both singled to start the inning.  However, Olson bore down and retired the next three batters of the frame to get out of trouble.

The Cardinal came right back though in the bottom of the second with three runs to take the early 3-0 lead.  Donny Lucy drew a walk to lead off which was followed by a Brian Hall single to put two guys on.  Next up was Chris Minaker, who was starting at shortstop today, and he laid down a bunt out in front of the pitcher's mound.  But Olson couldn't pick the ball up cleanly and everyone was safe.

The big at-bat of the inning came next when DH Ryan Seawell belted a ball over the left fielder's head for a long two-run single.  There was some confusion running the bases as a few Cardinal runners thought the ball was going to be caught, so they got set to tag.  However, when the ball dropped in, Lucy and Hall raced around to score.

Stanford would tally another run in the inning when Ash grounded into a double play with the bases loaded.

The Cardinal added to their lead with a single run in the bottom of the third to push their advantage up to 4-0.  John Mayberry, Jr. got things started with a single and then he stole second.  After Danny Putnam grounded out, Lucy brought home Mayberry with a single of his own.

Cal Poly scored their only run of the game against Gilmore in the top of the fourth.  After the sophomore right hander set down the side 1-2-3 in the third on just seven pitches, the Mustangs touched him up for a run when #4 hitter Chalon Tietje crushed an RBI double to deep right center field.  Gilmore would settle down though as he retired the next batter on a fly out to keep the score at 4-1.

Stanford touched up Olson for two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to make it a 6-1 game.  Seawell led off with a single and then he stole second.  After a Fuld single moved Seawell to third, Ash brought him home with a sacrifice fly to center.  Fuld would later score on a Mayberry, Jr. two-out, RBI single.

Gilmore was basically untouchable throughout the middle innings this afternoon.  He fired a 1-2-3 fifth inning getting three routine ground ball outs.  In the sixth, Sam Herbert singled with one out, but Gilmore induced the next batter to ground into a 6-4-3 double play.  Then in the seventh, Gilmore worked around a harmless two-out single to put up another zero.

Stanford broke the game open with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to extend their lead out to 9-1.  Seawell again got things started with a single.  Ash would single two batters later and then Mayberry, Jr. clubbed a three-run home run to deep left field to put the game away.  For Mayberry, it was his sixth homer of the year - two behind Lowrie for the team-lead.

The Cardinal scored another run in the bottom of the seventh just for good measure.  Hall singled with one out, moved to second when Minaker reached on an error, advanced to third on a balk, and scored when Seawell grounded out.

Freshman Greg Reynolds relieved Gilmore to start the eighth inning.  Gilmore had thrown just 73 pitches, but the coaching staff wanted to get a look at the towering right hander from Pacifica.  Reynolds pitched very well in his debut last Tuesday against Saint Mary's (3 IP, 1 ER), but he would struggle this afternoon.

Pinch-hitter Drew Gillmore began the inning with a solo home run to left.  After a fly out, Reynolds gave up a single, hit a batter, and issued a walk to load the bases.  He was promptly removed from the game in favor of another freshman, Jeff Stimpson.

Stimpson had yet to allow an earned run in his seven innings of relief work this year and he continued that good success today.  He allowed a bloop single to the first batter he faced (which scored a run).  But he then got Tietje to line into a double play which proceeded a 1-2-3 ninth inning to end the game.

Game Notes:
* Gilmore went seven solid innings today yielding one run on just five hits.  He did not walk anyone (just one three-ball count) while he struck out two.  Gilmore is now 5-1 this year which matches Romanczuk's 5-1 record for the team-lead.

* Mayberry, Jr. and Seawell were the hitting stars today.  Junior finished 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBI.  He's now batting .354 this season.  Seawell, who was making just his second start of the year, went 3-for-4 with three RBI.  Both players also stole a base.

* Fuld (2-for-4, SB), Ash (2-for-4, RBI), and Hall (2-for-4) also each recorded multi-hit games this afternoon.

* Putnam saw his 10-game hitting streak come to an end as he finished the day 0-for-4.

* Stanford has won five straight games overall, ten in a row over Cal Poly, and 20 of their last 21 at home going back to last season.

* Stanford already has four series sweeps this season (in seven total series').

* The Cardinal have been winning handily this year.  This is now 17 of their 20 wins that they've won by three runs or more.

Cal Poly     0 0 0  1 0 0  0 2 0   -   3   8   2
Stanford     0 3 1  2 0 3  1 0 x   -  10  13   0

WP: Jeff Gilmore (5-1)
LP: Garrett Olson (5-3)

HR: Cal Poly - Drew Gillmore (1) ; Stanford - John Mayberry, Jr. (6)

Records: #1 Stanford (20-3), Cal Poly (22-12-1)

* The Cardinal will next be in action this Tuesday evening when they travel down the 101 to take on the San Jose State Spartans for a single non-conference game.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:00pm.  This weekend, Stanford opens Pac-10 play with a three-game series in Los Angeles against the UCLA Bruins.

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