Behind the arm of Jeremy Guthrie and the bat of Carlos Quentin the top ranked Stanford Cardinal baseball team defeated the Fresno State Bulldogs 6-2 this evening at Beiden Field. Guthrie tossed seven quality innings yielding only two runs to win his eighth consecutive decision dating back to last season while Quentin led a 13-hit offensive attack by going 4-for-4. The Cardinal improve to 6-2 on the season while the Bulldogs fell to 3-5.
Stanford scored first in the top of the second inning with a single run. With one out, Quentin singled and moved to second when the next hitter, Donny Lucy, also singled. After Brian Hall grounded into a fielder's choice, Scott Dragicevich delivered a clutch two-out single scoring Quentin and giving Stanford the early 1-0 advantage. The Cardinal added two more runs in the third inning with the help of some sloppy Bulldog fielding. With two out, Ryan Garko singled and then consecutive walks to Jason Cooper and Quentin loaded the bases for Lucy. But FSU starter Bob Runyon uncorked a wild pitch scoring Garko increasing the lead to 2-0 and moving Cooper and Quentin up to 3rd and 2nd base respectively. Lucy then grounded a ball to third that went under the glove of FSU third baseman Casey McGehee for an error. Cooper easily scored from third making the score 3-0, but Quentin was thrown out at home ending the rally.
Meanwhile, Guthrie rolled through the first three innings without being scored upon. Finally in the fourth FSU got on the scoreboard as McGehee made up for his error with a home run to deep left field cutting the Cardinal lead to 3-1. Stanford added another tally in the fifth frame as Sam Fuld led things off with a double and advanced to third on Garko's fly out to right. But the relay throw into the infield was wild and Fuld took advantage of it taking the extra 90 feet and scoring Stanford's fourth run of the game. FSU had a golden opportunity to score in the bottom of the fifth inning as they put runners on first and second with one out for their #3 and #4 hitters. But Guthrie settled down getting Ben Fritz, the #3 hitter, to pop out. And then he struck out FSU's clean-up hitter, Tobey Riday-White, ending the threat and keeping the score 4-1 Cardinal.
Stanford added some insurance in the seventh inning as Chris O'Riordan led off with a double and after Fuld popped out, he scored on Garko's single up the middle. Garko would later come across to score on a two-out base hit from Lucy. Fresno State scored their final run of the night in the seventh on a solo homer off the bat of Chris Patrick, but Guthrie was able to get out of the inning and then turned the ball over to Ryan McCally. McCally had no trouble setting down the Bulldog hitters over the final two innings, striking out three in the process.
Along with Quentin, other top offensive games for the Cardinal hitters came from Ryan Garko (2-for-5, RBI), Donny Lucy (2-for-4, RBI), and Scott Dragicevich (2-for-4, RBI). Guthrie scattered nine hits over his seven innings of work, walking one and striking out four.
Game Notes :
* Guthrie and McCally have now combined their efforts for the third consecutive Friday. Guthrie threw the first six innings while McCally came on for the final three frames in the previous two Friday's, while tonight Guthrie went seven and McCally two. McCally has been the most effective reliever of the early season for the Cardinal as the junior righthander has thrown eight shutout innings out of the bullpen.
* Stanford has scored at least six runs and recorded double-digit hit totals in seven of eight games this season.
* The Cardinal have also been a doubles machine this early season. They clubbed four more tonight, giving them a whopping 25 in eight games this year.
* With his 2-for-4 performance, Scott Dragicevich now has seven multi-hit games already this season.
1 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 - 6
Fresno State 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 - 2 10 3
The Cardinal and Bulldogs resume their three-game series tomorrow afternoon at 1pm (internet only radio broadcast). Freshman Mark Jecmen (0-2, 10.20) is the likely starter on the hill for Stanford.