Bats Awaken, Card Take Game Two

Tim Cunningham had troubles for the second straight weekend, and not even frosh ace Mark Jecmen could hold up Saturday in Seattle. But Dan Rich was just that in relief, while a bevy of Cardinal hitters broke out en route to a 9-4 win.

It took the Stanford hitters 15 innings this weekend, but the bats finally woke-up and just in time to defeat the Washington Huskies 9-4 on Saturday afternoon.  The Cardinal (27-9. 5-3) trailed 4-2 heading into the top of the seventh inning, but then scored two in the seventh, one in the eighth, and then exploded for four tallies in the ninth.  Senior relief pitcher Dan Rich was the star on the mound tossing 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win.

The scoring began in the bottom of the second inning when the Huskies (16-19-1, 4-4) put across a single run off Tim Cunningham.  Jay Garthwaite led off with a single and two batters later he would score on a single off the bat of Aaron Hathaway.  Washington then added two more runs in the bottom of the third ending Cunningham's afternoon.  Tyler Davidson was hit by the pitch to lead off the inning and then he advanced to second on a single by John Otness.  Coach Marquess had a quick hook today as it appeared Cunningham did not have his best stuff as Mark Jecmen was summoned from the bullpen.  Jecmen retired the first batter he faced on a groundout, but then hit Michael Done to load the bases.  Jecmen then gave up a double to Hathaway scoring two runs (both charged to Cunningham) which extended the lead to 3-0. 

The Stanford offense finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth inning off UW starter Sean White.  Chris O'Riordan was hit by the pitch to lead off of the inning and then advanced to third when Jason Cooper doubled.  O'Riordan scored when the next hitter, Carlos Quentin, singled and then Cooper scored on a single off the bat of Ryan Garko.  White would settle down after that though as he retired the next three hitters in order to keep the score at 3-2 Huskies.

After Jecmen pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the fourth, Washington added another run in the fifth.  Once again it was catcher and #8 hitter Aaron Hathway delievering the run scoring hit with a single that scored Michael Done.  Jecmen would be pulled from the game with one out in the fifth in favor of the lefty Dan Rich and Rich would get the final two outs of inning while keeping the score at 4-2.

Heading into the seventh, starting pitcher Sean White was removed from the game despite throwing only 64 pitches and that's when the Cardinal hitters went to work.  With one out, Sam Fuld was hit by the pitch and then he scored when Danny Putnam tripled down the right field line which cut the Washington lead to 4-3. Putnam would tie the game up as the next hitter, Chris O'Riordan, grounded out to short scoring Putnam to tie the game at 4-4.  Then in the bottom of the eighth, Stanford went ahead for good.  Brian Hall led off with a single and then was advanced to second on a Andy Topham sacrifice bunt.  Arik VanZandt then stepped to the plate and VanZandt singled up the middle scoring the speedy Hall from second base giving Stanford the 5-4 lead.

Then in the ninth, the Cardinal exploded for four runs extending the lead to 9-4.  Consecutive singles by O'Riordan and Cooper to lead off the inning put two runners on base.  Quentin then brought home O'Riordan with a sacrifice fly making the score 6-4.  After a Garko single put runners on first and second, Brian Hall came through with a big hit, tripling off the wall in left scoring two runs and increasing the lead to 8-4.  Hall would then score on a sacrifice fly by Andy Topham and Stanford had a commanding five run lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.

Meanwhile, Dan Rich was the story on the mound for the Cardinal.  The senior lefthander pitched the final 4 2/3 innings on the mound while giving up only three hits and no runs.  He did not walk any hitters as he recorded a career-high six strikeouts. 

Game Notes :
* Stanford scored six runs on 10 hits in the final three innings of this game after getting only three runs on 13 hits in the first 15 innings of the series.

* Chris O'Riordan went 1-for-4 today to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.  O'Riordan also hit third in the lineup today for only the second time all season.

* Top offensive games this afternoon for the Cardinal came from Jason Cooper (3-for-4, 2 2B), Ryan Garko (3-for-5, RBI), and Brian Hall (2-for-5, 3B. 2 RBI). Stanford finished the afternoon with 17 hits.

Stanford      0 0 0  2 0 0  2 1 4   -    9   17   1
Washington    0 1 2  0 1 0  0 0 0   -    4    9   0

This series will conclude tomorrow afternoon with the first pitch scheduled for 1pm.  John Hudgins (6-0, 4.76) will be on the mound for the Cardinal while Washington is expected to start Clay Johnson (1-1, 8.65).

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