The Gaels (15-17) actually jumped out to the early 2-0 lead before the Cardinal (26-8) went on to score 19 unanswered runs. Drew Ehrlich got the start on the hill for Stanford and gave up an unearned run in the top of the first in his only inning of work. In the top of the second, Gael second baseman Mike Harris led off with a home run off reliever David O'Hagan increasing the lead to 2-0. O'Hagan then gave up two singles after the homer and was pulled from the game in favor of J.D. Willcox. That would be the high point of the evening for Saint Mary's as Willcox retired the three batters he faced while throwing only six pitches and then the Cardinal offense went to work.
In the bottom of the second, Jason Cooper led off with a walk and then Carlos Quentin homered to left-center field tying the game at 2-2. Danny Putnam was the next hitter and he walked and would later score on a double off the bat of Andy Topham. Topham then came across to score Stanford's fourth and final run of the inning on a single by Chris O'Riordan. The score remained 4-2 Cardinal until the bottom of the fourth inning when Stanford scored two more times. Brian Hall led off with a single, stole second, and advanced to third when the throw went into center field. He would score one batter later when Topham tripled to right field increasing the lead to 5-2. Topham would then immediately score when O'Riordan singled him home for a 6-2 Stanford lead.
Meanwhile, the Stanford relievers were doing a fabulous job against the Saint Mary's hitters. After Willcox got out of the second, Dan Rich came on and pitched a scoreless third and fourth innings. Freshman Mark Jecmen was then called upon to pitch and the 6'9" right hander pitched two scoreless innings striking out three batters in the process. Then after Jonny Dyer threw a scoreless top of the seventh inning, Stanford put the game out of reach. The Cardinal scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh with the big hits being a two-run single by Hall and a two-run single off the bat O'Riordan. Then in the eighth inning, with the score 11-2, Stanford brought home eight more runs. The first run came across on a bases loaded walk with Putnam at the plate. The second and third runs of the frame scored on a double by Arik VanZandt. Andy Topham was the next hitter and he promptly brought home two more runs with a triple to right-center field. The sixth run of the inning scored on an error by Gael shortstop Brett Wayne on a ground ball by pinch-hitter Andrew Cleary. The seventh run of the inning came across on a triple to the right field corner by Sam Fuld while the final run of the inning scored when Donny Lucy doubled home Fuld. Darin Naatjes then came on in the ninth and worked a perfect 1-2-3 inning and Stanford had another victory.
Game Notes :
* The 19 runs scored by Stanford tied a season-high. They scored 19 runs in a 19-1 victory over Arizona back on April 6th.
* This game marked the Stanford debut of freshman Billy Paganetti. Paganetti, who missed the first two months of the season with a broken wrist, struck out swinging in his only at-bat in the eighth inning.
* The Cardinal scored all these runs today despite no production from their #3 and #4 hitters as Ryan Garko and Jason Cooper both went 0-for-3.
* Stanford has now scored an even 300 runs this season. Through 34 games played, that's an average of 8.8 per game.
* With his 3-for-5 performance tonight, Chris O'Riordan continued his hot hitting. The senior second baseman has an eight-game hitting streak in which he's hit .526 (20-for-38) over that span of games.
* It got so bad for the Gaels in the eighth inning that they brought in their shortstop, Brett Wayne, in to pitch. Wayne hit the first batter he faced, but retired the next two on a strikeout and a pop-up to end the inning.
Saint Mary's 1 1
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 2 9
Stanford 0 4 0 2 0 0 5 8 x - 19 16 2
The Cardinal return to Pac-10 play this weekend as they travel north to take on the Washington Huskies in a three-game series. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6:30pm while Saturday and Sunday's games will begin at 1pm.