Stanford Evens Series With 7-2 Win

Jeff Gilmore tossed seven quality innings on the mound and the Stanford hitters rapped out 13 hits en route to a 7-2 victory over the Washington Huskies on a cool and rainy afternoon in Seattle. Gilmore was able to pitch through a lengthy rain delay to post his eighth win of the season while the top four hitters in the Cardinal lineup, led by Jed Lowrie, provided most of the offense. Here is a complete recap.

Stanford had opportunities to score against Washington starter Matt Kasser in the first three innings, but were unable to crack the scoreboard.  In the first, Sam Fuld singled to lead off, but was erased on a double play.  In the second, Danny Putnam singled to lead off, but was also erased on a double play.  Then in the third, Chris Carter drew a leadoff walk, but the next three batters went down in order.

Cardinal starter Jeff Gilmore dominated over the first two innings today.  He did not allow a hit, walked one batter, and struck out four over those frames.  The Huskies finally got to Gilmore in the third with a single run to take the lead.  Taylor Johnson and Brent Lillibridge reached on consecutive singles to start things off.  After a fielder's choice ground out from Greg Issacson, Zach Clem scored a run with a sacrifice fly to center.

Stanford, however, would answer right back with two runs of their own in the top of the fourth against Kasser.  Chris Minaker got things started with a single and then moved to second on a wild pitch.  Jed Lowrie followed with a deep drive to right center field.  Off the bat, it looked like a home run, but the ball ended up bouncing off the very top of the wall - maybe six inches from a two-run homer.  It still went for a double though as Minaker raced around to score. 

Following the Lowrie hit, Putnam singled and Donny Lucy walked to load the bases.  But again the double play hurt a Cardinal rally as Brian Hall bounced into a 4-6-3 twin-killing.  A run did score on the play to make it a 2-1 Stanford lead.

The Huskies tied the game back up in the bottom of the fourth when shortstop Nick Batkoski smoked a home run over the fence in left.  It was Batkoski's second homer of the year.

In the top of the fifth, Jim Rapoport was hit by a pitch to leadoff.  Chris Lewis then stepped up and sliced a single into right field to which Rapoport moved over to third.  Lewis took second when UW right fielder Taylor Johnson bobbled the ball.  A heavy rain started to fall during Sam Fuld's at-bat, but the senior center fielder was able to find a way to bring home the go-ahead score with a sacrifice fly to deep right field. 

The rain though would be too heavy to play through at this point as the umpires decided to stop the game with the Cardinal in front by a 3-2 score.  The lengthy delay would last 57 minutes, but on the very first pitch after the stoppage, Minaker singled up the middle plating Lewis with Stanford's fourth run of the game.

The Cardinal then added single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to take a 6-2 lead.  In the sixth, Hall singled to lead off and scored on Fuld's clutch two-out single into right.  While in the seventh, Lowrie doubled with no outs and came home when Carter was walked with the bases loaded.

Meanwhile, Gilmore was unfazed by the long layoff.  Over the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings, the sophomore right hander allowed just one base hit and struck out four.  The final batter he faced in this ball game was a swinging strike out to the dangerous Lillibridge to end the seventh.

Closer David O'Hagan entered the contest to start the eighth.  A base runner reached with one out on an error from Adam Sorgi at third, but O'Hagan would work around it to put a zero up on the scoreboard.

Stanford scored their final run of the game in the ninth.  With one out, Carter ripped a single into left field.  He was then lifted from the game in favor of pinch-runner Cameron Matthews.  Matthews would advance to third with Rapoport at the plate when pitcher Richie Lentz airmailed a pickoff throw to first.  Then with a 1-and-2 count on Rapoport, Coach Marquess called for the suicide squeeze and it worked to perfection as Rapoport got the bunt down on the third base side and Matthews easily came home to score.

O'Hagan went back out in the bottom of the ninth and set down the Huskies 1-2-3 to finish the game.

Game Notes:
* Gilmore picks up his eighth win of the season with seven quality innings of work.  He surrendered just two runs on six hits with two walks and a career-high tying eight strike outs.

* Lowrie had a big day at the plate going 3-for-4 with three doubles.  He's now batting .398 this season.

* Minaker (3-for-5, RBI), Fuld (2-for-4, 2 RBI), and Putnam (2-for-4) also had multi-hit games.

* O'Hagan lowered his season ERA to 1.91 with two scoreless, no-hit innings of relief.

* Could have been a lot worse for the Huskies as Stanford hitters grounded into three double plays and left 11 runners on base in this game.

* John Mayberry, Jr. did not play in this game.

* Stanford avoided losing consecutive games for the first time this season.

* Stanford (11-3) is now 1 1/2 games ahead of Washington (11-6) in the Pac-10 standings.

Stanford     0 0 0  2 2 1  1 0 1   -   7  13   1
Washington   0 0 1  1 0 0  0 0 0   -   2   6   3

WP: Jeff Gilmore (8-2)
LP: Trent Baysinger (3-3)

HR: Washington - Nick Batkoski (2)

Records: #1 Stanford (37-7, 11-3), #21 Washington (27-15-1, 11-6)

* The Cardinal and Huskies will play the rubber game of this three-game series tomorrow afternoon at 1:00pm.  Stanford will send freshman Greg Reynolds (3-0, 5.12) to the mound while Washington is expected to counter with freshman Tim Lincecum (6-1, 3.64).  Lincecum is the ace of the Husky staff and threw two innings of scoreless relief on Friday night in picking up the victory.

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