New Faces Key Stanford Victory

Stanford has received contributions from numerous players this season en route to their stellar overall record thus far. And now two players still looking to establish a role on this year's squad have come up big as Greg Reynolds and Chris Lewis played huge parts in the Cardinal's 10-5 win over Saint Mary's on Tuesday night. Reynolds made his first career start and notched the victory while Lewis came off the bench and had the biggest game of his career.

Stanford may have found another starting pitcher in their game Tuesday night versus the Saint Mary's Gaels.  Making his first career start, freshman Greg Reynolds tossed five solid innings yielding two runs on five hits.  The 6'8" right hander displayed excellent control all night as he did not walk a batter while recording four strike outs.  At the plate, Stanford pounded out 18 hits en route to a 10-5 victory.  With the win, the Cardinal improve their overall record to a stellar 30-5.

Reynolds breezed through the first inning tonight working a 1-2-3 frame.  The highlight was a fabulous diving catch made by Chris Minaker at shortstop on a soft pop-up over toward the foul line.  You really have to credit Minaker defensively so far this year.  The sophomore makes all the routine plays (brought an excellent .973 fielding percentage into tonight's contest) and will occasionally throw in the spectacular "web gem" like he did tonight.

The Cardinal jumped all over the Gaels with four runs in the bottom of the first inning this evening.  Consecutive singles from Sam Fuld and Jonny Ash got things started.  A walk to Jed Lowrie loaded the bases which was followed by a pop-out off the bat of Danny Putnam.  But John Mayberry, Jr. was able to come through with the RBI as he flied out to right scoring Fuld from third.  Then the two-out barrage of singles occurred.  Brian Hall singled to score Ash.  Chris Carter singled to score Lowrie.  Then Chris Minaker singled to score Hall.  Fabulous clutch hitting from Stanford as they took the early 4-0 lead.

Reynolds surrendered a pair of runs in the top of the second, but was not hit hard at all.  Delaney Gallagher did begin the inning with a line drive double to left.  However, Sam Carter's RBI double that followed was just a high bouncer to third that the 5'8" Jonny Ash could not jump up to snare.   Carter scored two batters later on a bunt single off the bat of Adam Thompson.

Stanford was held off the scoreboard until the fourth inning when they would strike for two more runs to take a 6-2 lead.  John Hester, who got the start at catcher for Donny Lucy tonight (scheduled day off), singled to lead off.  After Fuld singled to put two guys on, Ash bunted the runners over into scoring position.  Up next was Lowrie and the Cardinal second baseman continued his monster season with a double off the top of the wall in left center scoring two.  For Lowrie, it gives him 49 RBI on the season.

Reynolds had very little trouble setting down the Saint Mary's hitters in the third through the fifth frames.  SMC notched two-out singles in the third and fourth, but Reynolds would retire the side without anyone coming home to score.  He then worked a perfect 1-2-3 fifth inning which ended his evening.

Mark Jecmen relieved Reynolds to start the sixth and looked great early on.  He put up a zero in that sixth inning issuing just a one-out walk.  The Cardinal bats came through with another run in the bottom of the inning to extend their lead out to 7-2.  Sophomore infielder Chris Lewis belted a solo homer to left for his first hit of the season.  Lewis had been mired in an 0-for-16 slump this season and had seen his playing time dramatically decrease over the past couple of months.  However tonight, Lewis got the call for Ash at third base about halfway through this one and he came through with the home run.

Jecmen labored through the seventh inning, but he pitched better than the final result would indicate.  SMC had two runners on with one out when Preston Young stepped to the plate.  Young hit a high fly ball to deep center field that Fuld lost in the lights.  The ball bounced about 30 feet behind him just shy of the warning track and by the time Hall raced over to field it, a run had scored and the Gaels had guys at second and third base. 

Saint Mary's struck for two more runs in that inning when Carter blooped a single into right field.  Hall did get to the ball quickly, however, and throw out a runner trying to advance to third. 

So heading into the bottom of the seventh, SMC had made it a game at 7-5.  Stanford though would not let up as they pushed across two runs in the seventh and a single run in the eighth.  In the seventh, Fuld had an RBI single while Lewis picked up an RBI double down the left field line.  Meanwhile in the eighth, Mayberry, Jr. doubled to lead off and scored on a double off the bat of Minaker.

Matt Manship threw the final two innings tonight and flat-out dominated.  The sophomore right hander retired all six batters he faced, three of which by strike out.  He threw only 21 pitches in sealing the victory for the Cardinal.

Game Notes:
* With his 3-for-6 performance tonight, Sam Fuld has moved into a tie for second all-time at Stanford in hits.  His 331 career hits equals that of Paul Carey (1987-90).  John Gall (1997-2000) is first all-time with 368.

* Minaker had an excellent game tonight offensively and defensively.  He finished the night 3-for-5 with two RBI to raise his season average up to .299.

* Other multi-hit games came from Lewis (2-for-2, 2B, HR, 2 RBI), Lowrie (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI), Hall (2-for-5, RBI), and Carter (2-for-2, RBI).

* Hall extended his hitting streak to 20 games with his first inning single.

* Fuld (11 games) and Putnam (eight games) also extended hitting streaks.  Lucy's 11-game streak remains intact as well.

* Reynolds gets credit for the win with his five solid innings of work.  The five innings and four strike outs were career highs.

* Manship's last six outings (dating back to the USC series in early March): 10 1/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 SO.

* Stanford won their sixth consecutive game overall and their ninth in a row at home.

* Stanford's team batting average is all the way up to a season-high .330.

* The Cardinal became the second team in school history to win 30 of it's first 35 games (the 1967 team was 30-3-2).

Saint Mary's   0 2 0  0 0 0  3 0 0   -   5   8   0
Stanford       4 0 0  2 0 1  2 1 x   -  10  18   0

WP: Greg Reynolds (2-0)
LP: Justin Sloan (1-3)

HR: Stanford - Chris Lewis (1)

Records: #2 Stanford (30-5), Saint Mary's (11-28)

* The Cardinal will next be in action this weekend as they take on the Sacramento State Hornets in a two-game series.  First pitch on Friday night at Sunken Diamond is scheduled for 6:00pm while Saturday's game in Sacramento will get underway at 2:00pm.

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