Cardinal Win Another Series

John Hudgins threw a complete-game, five-hitter to lead the top ranked Stanford Cardinal to a 7-2 victory over the 16th ranked Texas Longhorns on a warm Saturday afternoon at Sunken Diamond. Hudgins walked only two while striking out seven to improve his record to 5-0. Sam Fuld led the offensive attack with three hits as Stanford won their tenth consecutive series dating back to last season. Read on for a complete recap.

John Hudgins tossed his first career complete game to lead the top ranked Stanford Cardinal to a 7-2 victory on a warm Saturday afternoon at Sunken Diamond.  The sophomore righthander from Mission Viejo, California gave up only five hits while walking two and striking out seven to improve his record to 5-0.  Offensively, the Cardinal pounded out ten hits led by Sam Fuld's 3-for-5, 2 RBI performance.  With the win, Stanford has now won all eight of their series' in 2002 and have now won ten consecutive regular season series' going back to last season.

The Cardinal (19-6) jumped on the scoreboard first with four runs in the bottom of the first inning.  Chris O'Riordan was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and after Fuld grounded out, Jason Cooper walked to put two runners on base.  That brought Ryan Garko to the plate and Garko delivered with a single up the middle scoring O'Riordan to give Stanford the 1-0 lead.  The Cardinal offense wasn't done though against Texas starter Ray Clark as Carlos Quentin followed Garko's single with a double to the right-center field gap scoring both Cooper and Garko for a 3-0 lead.  Chris Carter made it three hits in a row as the freshman designated hitter singled to center field scoring Quentin extending the lead to 4-0.

Meanwhile, John Hudgins was setting down the Texas hitters with ease.  Through the first three innings, Hudgins had given up just two hits while recording three strikeouts.  Finally in the fourth inning, the Longhorns got to him.  With one out, Omar Quintanilla walked and advanced to second on a single off the bat of Dustin Majewski.  After Ryan Hubele flew out, Jeff Ontiveros came through with a clutch hit as he singled home Quintanilla to cut the lead to 4-1.

Texas starter Ray Clark settled down after giving up four runs in the first inning, as he put up zeros in the second, third, and fourth innings.  Finally in the bottom of the fifth, with the score still 4-1 Stanford, the Cardinal put together a rally against Clark.  O'Riordan led off with a double to left-center field and then scored on a single to right field by Sam Fuld.  That ended Clark's afternoon as Texas brought in left hander Brantley Jordan to pitch and Jordan was able to get out of the inning without any more runs coming in to score.  Then in the sixth inning, the Cardinal put across two more tallies to extend the lead to 7-1.  With runners on first and second and one out, Fuld singled home the first run of the inning with a single.  Then later in the inning, Ryan Garko brought home another run with a sacrifice fly and Stanford had a six-run lead.

John Hudgins was flat-out dominating over the final five innings.  The only hit he gave up was a solo home run off the bat of Jeff Ontiveros to lead off the seventh inning, but then went on to retire the final nine batters of the game to secure the victory.

Game Notes :
* With the win, Hudgins improved his record to a perfect 5-0 and lowered his ERA to 3.63.

* Chris O'Riordan finished the afternoon with a 1-for-2 performance.  With the hit, he extended his hitting streak to ten games and has now hit safely in 21 of his last 22 games.

* With the win this afternoon, Stanford has now won 18 consecutive regular season three-game series' at home.  They last lost a home series in April 1999 against the USC Trojans.

Texas         0 0 0  1 0 0  1 0 0   -   2   5   0
Stanford      4 0 0  0 1 2  0 0 x   -   7  10   0

Stanford will next be in action on Tuesday when they host the USF Dons in a single game.  First pitch is scheduled for 6pm.

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