This afternoon, Stanford wanted to make certain they got out of Sancet Field with a victory in just nine innings. The 2nd ranked Cardinal (22-6, 2-0) crushed the Arizona Wildcats 19-1 compling a season-high for runs and hits (26) to take their ninth consecutive series to start the year. Tobin Swope, who was making only his second start of the year, led the offense going 5-for-5 while Chris O'Riordan also hit two homers. Tim Cunningham picked-up the win on the mound going seven strong innings while giving up only five hits and one run as he improved his record to 5-1.
The Cardinal got on the scoreboard first in the second inning with four runs scored. Donny Lucy and Swope reached base with consecutive singles with one out and then Sam Fuld, who was batting in the #9 spot in the order, homered to left field for a 3-0 lead. O'Riordan then promptly followed Fuld's blast with a homer of his own extending the lead to 4-0. Then in the third inning, Stanford put across two more runs on consecutive RBI doubles by Lucy and Swope for a 6-0 advantage. The Cardinal weren't done though as in the fourth inning they scored three more times for a 9-0 lead. O'Riordan led off the inning with a home run, his second of the game. Four consecutive singles by Brian Hall, Ryan Garko, Carlos Quentin, and Andy Topham produced two more runs and Stanford had a 9-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Tim Cunningham was setting down the Arizona hitters with ease. Through five innings, the junior lefty had given up just one single and only one runner had reached second base. Finally in the bottom of the sixth with the score still 9-0, the Wildcats got to Cunningham. Three hits loaded the bases with two outs and then Cunningham uncorked a wild pitch allowing a run to score cutting the lead to 9-1. But Cunningham would get out of the jam without any more runs scoring as he got Ken Riley to fly out to right field to end the inning.
The Cardinal officially put the game out of reach in the top of the seventh inning with seven runs. Five consecutive hits to start the inning produced four runs with the big hits being an RBI double by Lucy, an RBI single by Swope, and a two-run double off the wall by Fuld. O'Riordan knocked in the fifth run of the inning with a sacrifice fly as Stanford would then score two more times later in the inning on an RBI triple by Quentin and then Quentin would score on a balk.
Stanford added two more runs in the eighth inning as Swope and Fuld had the RBI hits while the Cardinal capped off the 19-run afternoon with a final tally in the ninth frame on a Topham RBI single. Jonny Dyer threw the final two innings on the mound without giving up a run securing the win as the Cardinal won yet another series.
Game Notes :
* Stanford set season-highs in multiple offensive categories this afternoon. They scored a season-high 19 runs, compiled 26 hits while also recording a 2002 high with 12 extra-base hits
* Top offensive games came from Swope (5-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI), O'Riordan (3-for-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI), Fuld (3-for-5, 2B, 3B, HR, 6 RBI) and Quentin (4-for-6, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI).
* Every player in the starting lineup had at least one hit while Brian Hall was the only starter to not have at least two hits in the game.
* Tim Cunningham was outstanding on the mound giving up only one run in seven innings. The trio of the Guthrie, Cunningham, and Hudgins have now pitched at least six innings in 21 of their 22 starts. The only exception was back on February 9th when Cunningham was knocked out of the game in the second inning at Florida State.
Stanford 0 4 2 3
0 0 7 2 1 - 19 26
Arizona 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 6 2
The two teams will complete this three-game series tomorrow at 1pm (PST). John Hudgins (5-0, 3.63) is scheduled to start on the mound for the Cardinal while the Wildcats are expected to counter with Mark Kaiser (5-2, 2.63).