Stanford Axes The Seminoles

With seven runs in the first inning, Stanford cruised to a 9-3 victory over the #6 Florida State Seminoles Friday afternoon in Tallahassee. Stanford ace Jeremy Guthrie notched his second win in the young season, with ample support for his teammates' bats. The victory hopefully reverses recent woes for the Card against FSU...

The Stanford Cardinal scored seven runs in the top of the first inning and then cruised to a 9-3 victory over the Florida State Seminoles in game one of a critical three-game series. Freshman Donny Lucy, making his first start of the season, contributed two hits and three RBI to lead the 13-hit offensive attack while Jeremy Guthrie threw six quality innings to notch his second win of the year.

The seven-run outburst in the top of the first inning began with consecutive singles to leadoff the game by Chris O'Riordan and Sam Fuld. Ryan Garko was then hit by the pitch to load the bases which set the table for the middle of the lineup. Jason Cooper though was unable to come through as the junior DH struck out. But the following hitter, Carlos Quentin, delivered a single to left scoring O'Riordan and Fuld. Brian Hall then stepped up to the plate and singled down the left field line and after FSU's left fielder bobbled the ball, Garko scored Stanford's third run of the game while Quentin and Hall moved up to second and third. Freshman Donny Lucy then came through with his first hit in a Cardinal uniform when he singled home two more runs increasing the lead to 5-0. But the Cardinal weren't done, as after a Scott Dragicevich single, Andy Topham doubled home Lucy and Dragicevich capping the seven-run inning.

Jeremy Guthrie easily got through the first inning, but then ran into some trouble in the second. Four consecutive singles to start the inning and all of a sudden the score was 7-2 and the Seminoles had runners at first and second with none out. But Guthrie settled down and struck out #9 hitter Scott Toole and then induced leadoff hitter Kevin Richmond to hit into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning. The Cardinal got back on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by Lucy and an RBI single from Topham. But that would be it for the Stanford hitters as the Seminoles bullpen shutdown the Cardinal over the final five frames.

Florida State meanwhile was having trouble with Guthrie. The junior righthander put up zeros in the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings giving up only three singles in the process. Guthrie though appeared to have tired in the seventh as he walked the first two hitters in the inning and was pulled in favor of Ryan McCally. McCally was able to get out of the jam with allowing only one run and FSU saw its last chance to get back into the game slip away.

Offensive stars for the Cardinal this afternoon were Donny Lucy (2-for-4, 3 RBI), Andy Topham (2-for-4, 3 RBI), and Carlos Quentin (2-for-5, 2 RBI). Guthrie improved to 2-0 on the season tossing six innings yielding seven hits, three runs (two earned), he walked two and struck out eight. McCally threw the final three innings without giving up a run to record his second save of the season.

 

Stanford

7

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

-

9

13

0

FSU

0

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

-

3

9

1

 

Game two of the series is tomorrow afternoon at 11:00am (PST). Tim Cunningham (1-0, 1.50) will be on the hill for Stanford while FSU will send out Matt Lynch (2-0, 0.00).


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