Baseball Finishes Off Kansas

The Stanford Cardinal completed the sweep of the Jayhawks on Sunday afternoon with a 7-6 victory. Third baseman Adam Sorgi belted an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth to score John Mayberry, Jr. with the winning run - one of four Sorgi hits on the day. Meanwhile, Nolan Gallagher came through with a quality start on the mound tossing five shutout innings. Here is a complete recap.

Adam Sorgi's biggest day of his Cardinal career ended with a bang Sunday afternoon as the sophomore third baseman belted a double to deep right center field scoring John Mayberry, Jr. with the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 7-6 Stanford victory.  The Cardinal bullpen faltered in the top of the inning allowing Kansas to plate five runs to tie the game, but the heroics of Sorgi kept Stanford in the win column,

With the game tied at 6-6, Mayberry, Jr. led off the bottom of the ninth by drawing a hard-earned full-count walk.  After Chris Minaker flied out to shallow left, Sorgi stepped up and smoked a ball to the warning track in right center.  Right fielder A.J. Van Slyke raced back to try to catch it, but the ball glanced off the end of his glove as Mayberry raced around the bases with the deciding run.  Sorgi finished the afternoon with a spectacular 4-for-5 effort that included two doubles and two RBI.  This was on the heels of a two-hit game last night against the Jayhawks.

The dramatic bottom of the ninth was set up by a miserable top half of the inning for the Cardinal.  Stanford looked to have a commanding 6-1 lead entering the frame with Blake Holler dominating in relief.  Holler had already thrown three outstanding innings on the mound with just one hit and one unearned run allowed.  But a bloop single to right, a double to deep right center, and then another single plated a run and ended the lefty's afternoon.

Freshman Erik Davis was summoned from the bullpen and initially started strong inducing Jared Schweitzer to pop-out on the infield.  But then Ritchie Price connected for an RBI single to make a 6-3 game.  A wild pitch scored another run and that was followed by consecutive full-count walks to John Allman and Sean Richardson to load the bases and bring the go-ahead run to the plate.

Mark Marquess had seen enough at this point as Matt Manship was brought into pitch.  For the junior right-hander, it was his first appearance of the season.  Manship picked up where Davis left off plunking the first man he faced with a pitch forcing home the fourth run of the inning to make it a 6-5 game.  Manship rebounded to get Ryne Price on a pop-out on the infield which set the stage for a top of the ninth, bases loaded, two out, one-run ballgame at-bat. 

Pinch-hitter Andy Scholl came to the plate and worked the count full which only increased the drama.  With the runners in motion, Manship missed with a pitch low-and-outside and just like that it was a 6-6 ballgame.  Fortunately, the experienced right-hander bounced back and struck out the next hitter, Jake Kauzlarich, on a high fastball to retire the side and keep the game tied.

Prior to the ninth inning, Stanford's pitching staff was having yet another outstanding day.  Prior to Holler's three magnificent innings, freshman Nolan Gallagher fired five shutout frames in his first career start.  Gallagher had to work in-and-out of trouble during his entire stint on the mound, but the young right-hander showed tremendous composure and every time was able to come up with a big pitch to get himself out of a jam.

Gallagher scattered seven hits (six of which were singles) in his five innings of work with just one walk allowed and five strike outs.  Gallagher finished strong retiring the final six batters he faced.  His hard breaking ball was particularly effective today as now through three outings this season, the Montana native has surrendered just one run in ten innings with ten strike outs to his credit.

The Cardinal bats did most of their damage in the middle innings this afternoon.  Jed Lowrie broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run to left field.  For Lowrie, it was his first home run of the season while batting right-handed and his fourth overall.

Stanford extended their lead out to 5-0 with four tallies in the bottom of the fifth.  With two outs, Michael Taylor sliced a triple down the right field line.  He would score on a wild pitch.  After John Hester walked and then stole second, Lowrie stepped to the plate and doubled into center field.   Then it was fellow preseason All-American Mayberry, Jr. that got into the act with a two-run homer to left.

Stanford added another run in the seventh when Lowrie singled with one out and then came home to score on a Sorgi two-out single. 

Game Notes:
* Sorgi's 4-for-5 performance at the plate lifts his season average to .323 on the season.

* Other offensive stars this afternoon were Lowrie (3-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI), Mayberry, Jr. (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI), and Taylor (2-for-5, 3B).  For Taylor, it was his first multi-hit game of the season.

* Gallagher and Holler had combined for eight innings with just one unearned run allowed before Kansas' five-run outburst in the top of the ninth.

* Stanford remained perfect at home this season (6-0) with today's win.   The Cardinal have also won four consecutive games overall.

* Last season, Stanford also swept the Jayhawks at Sunken Diamond with some bottom of the ninth inning heroics in the series finale.  It was Brian Hall delivering a walkoff grand slam for a 10-6 win last season in the Sunday contest.

Kansas     0 0 0  0 0 0  1 0 5   -   6  12   1
Stanford   0 0 0  1 4 0  1 0 1   -   7  11   1

WP: Matt Manship (1-0)
LP: Logan Murphy (0-1)

HR: Stanford - Jed Lowrie (4), John Mayberry, Jr. (3)

Records: #6 Stanford (7-2), Kansas (6-3)

* The Cardinal return to action next weekend with a three-game series at #4 Texas.  Friday's game is scheduled for 12:30pm with Saturday's contest getting underway at 12:00pm and then Sunday's series finale at 11:00am.  All times are Pacific.

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