Card Crush Mustangs 18-5

The Stanford offense reached a new level this afternoon with an 18-5 pounding of the Cal Poly Mustangs. Ryan Garko, Jason Cooper, Chris Carter, and Andy Topham each hit home runs as Stanford recorded a season-high in runs scored. Read on for a complete recap of today's rout.

The top ranked Stanford Cardinal took their offense to another level today as they crushed the Cal Poly Mustangs 18-5 on a warm Saturday afternoon at Sunken Diamond.  The Cardinal (11-4) used two big innings, an eight-run second inning and a six-run sixth inning, to put away the Mustangs (9-13-1).  Ryan Garko, Andy Topham, Chris Carter, and Jason Cooper each hit home runs while Tim Cunningham picked up the win to improve to 4-0 on the season.

Stanford began the scoring this afternoon in the bottom of the first inning when with two out and nobody on base, Ryan Garko homered to straight away center field for his team-leading fourth bomb of the year.  With the score 1-0 Stanford heading into the bottom of the second, the Cardinal went on a hitting spree.  Back-to-back doubles by Chris Carter and Carlos Quentin brought home run #2.  After Quentin advanced to third on a passed ball he came home to score on a sacrifice fly by Scott Dragicevich.  Andy Topham then stepped up to the plate and homered to right-center field for a 4-0 Stanford lead.  In probably the only bad news for the Cardinal today, Topham appeared to pull a hamstring while rounding first base.  He left the game and is status is unknown.  Stanford wouldn't stop there as Chris O'Riordan walked, stole second, and then scored on a single by Sam Fuld.  Garko then stepped to the plate and grounded a ball to short but Mustang shortstop Scott Anderson could not handle it and Stanford had runners at the corners with still only one out.  After Cooper struck out, Lucy tripled to deep left-center field scoring two more and extending the lead to 7-0.  The next hitter was Chris Carter, who had already doubled in the inning, and Carter promptly homered to deep right field capping the inning and giving Stanford a commanding 9-0 lead.

The Mustangs started to make the game fairly interesting in the middle innings off Tim Cunningham.  They put across two runs in the top of the third on four singles.  After Cunningham pitched a 1-2-3 fourth inning, the Mustangs scored single runs in both the fifth and sixth innings.  Cunningham gave up ten hits in his six innings of work, but he wasn't hit particularly hard as nine of those hits were singles.  So, with the score 10-4 Stanford (they scored their tenth run on a sacrifice fly by O'Riordan in the third inning) in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Cardinal put the game away.  O'Riordan flew out to right field to begin the inning, but then eight consecutive Stanford hitters reached base.  Fuld singled, Garko walked, and then Cooper came through with his first home run of the season to extend the lead to 13-4.  Lucy then singled, Carter walked, and then pinch-hitter Danny Putnam singled through the left side bringing home another run.  It was Putnam's first career hit in a Stanford uniform.  Pinch-hitter Tobin Swope followed that up with a single and then Arik VanZandt singled bringing home Stanford's 15th run of the game.  The sixth and final run of the inning then came home on a sacrifice fly by O'Riordan for a 16-4 Cardinal lead.

David O'Hagan came on to pitch in the seventh inning and did not allow a run.  Freshman Mark Jecmen threw the eighth inning giving up a run on two hits.  Stanford scored their final two runs of the afternoon in the bottom of the eighth inning with almost all reserves in the game.  Jonny Ash had a pinch-hit single scoring a run and O'Riordan had another sacrifice fly scoring run #18 of the afternoon.  Freshman Jonny Dyer came on in the ninth inning and retired all three batters he faced to end the game and give Stanford their fifth consecutive series win to start the season.

Multi-hit games from the Cardinal today came from Sam Fuld (2-for-6, RBI), Donny Lucy (2-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI), and Chris Carter (2-for-3, 2B, HR, 2 RBI).  Arik VanZandt (2-for-3, 3B, RBI) and Tobin Swope (2-for-2) also had multiple hit games off the bench as Stanford finished the afternoon with 17 hits.  Tim Cunningham got the win going six innings and giving up four runs.  He did not walk anyone and struck out three.

Game Notes :
* Chris O'Riordan saw his 11-game hitting streak come to end, but still had a productive afternoon.  He had three sacrifice flies and also walked.

* Donny Lucy had two more RBI today to extend his streak with at least one RBI to 12 games.  He now has 22 RBI in his 12 starts this season.

* The Cardinal improved to 11-0 on the season when either Jeremy Guthrie or Tim Cunningham started on the mound.  They will look to improve their 0-4 record when those two don't start tomorrow afternoon.

* The win for Cunningham was his tenth in a row.  Cunningham and Guthrie (9 wins in a row) both have very respectable winning streaks going for them right now.

* Head Coach Mark Marquess continues to tinker with lineup as he moved Quentin down to the #7 spot.  The #3 through #7 spots in the lineup today for the Cardinal was Garko, Cooper, Lucy, Carter, and Quentin.

Cal Poly      0 0 2  0 1 1  0 1 0   -   5   12   2
Stanford      1 8 1  0 0 6  0 2 x   -  18   17   1

The Cardinal and Mustangs will wrap-up their three-game series tomorrow afternoon at 1pm.  Cal Poly is scheduled to start Kevin Correia (3-1, 5.24) on the hill while Stanford has not announced a starting pitcher.

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