Card Shutout WSU 10-0 To Win Game One

The final regular season series of the year for the Cardinal got off to a good start on Friday night as Stanford easily defeated the Washington State Cougars 10-0 at Sunken Diamond. Jeremy Guthrie won again on the mound tossing seven quality innings while Chris Carter and Ryan Garko powered the offensive attack. Read on for a complete recap.

The Stanford Cardinal opened their series with Washington State with a bang on Friday night defeating the Cougars 10-0 in front of 3,867 fans at Sunken Diamond.  Jeremy Guthrie tossed seven shutout innings while Chris Carter and Ryan Garko each hit home runs to lead the offensive attack.  The Cardinal though didn't get any help elsewhere in the Pac-10 as both USC and Washington were victors on Friday evening.  The Trojans remain in first place with a 15-7 league record while Stanford and the Huskies are still each a game back at 14-8.

Things started off very well for the Cardinal (38-16, 14-8) as Chris Carter, who was in the leadoff spot in the lineup for the first time all season, began the bottom of the first inning with a towering home run to right center field.  Stanford wasn't done there though as Sam Fuld then walked and Ryan Garko followed by reaching on an error.  After Jason Cooper flew out to center, Chris O'Riordan drove home Fuld with a single to left for a 2-0 lead.

Stanford then gave Jeremy Guthrie plenty of breathing room with five tallies in the bottom of the second to extend the lead to 7-0.  Andy Topham began the inning by reaching on an error and then consecutive walks to Arik VanZandt and Carter loaded the bases for Fuld.  The sophomore center fielder, who was hitting a team-leading .384 heading into the game, continued his torrid hitting with a double to the right-center field gap scoring both Topham and VanZandt increasing the lead to 4-0.  The next hitter was Garko and the junior catcher came through with his 14th homer of the season, a deep blast to straight-away center field for a 7-0 advantage.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Guthrie was having little trouble setting down the Washington State hitters.  In his seven innings of work, Guthrie scattered seven hits while walking only one and striking out six.  WSU's best chance to score was in the top of the fourth inning as they put runners on second and third with just one out, but Guthrie settled down getting Jeff LaRue to hit a weak ground ball right back to him and then he struck out Derek Bruce to end the threat.

The Cardinal added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh inning as Cooper singled home Fuld who had earlier singled for an 8-0 lead.  Then in the bottom of the eighth, Fuld singled home Dragicevich and Topham pushing the lead up to 10-0.  After Guthrie went his seven innings (probably could have gone all nine innings for the fifth consecutive time, but was pulled after just 93 pitches to get some extra rest before the NCAA Tournament which starts next week), J.D. Willcox pitched a scoreless eighth and Darin Naatjes tossed a scoreless ninth to secure the victory.

Game Notes :
* Guthrie has now gone 19 2/3 consecutive innings without giving up a run.  The streak spans the final 3 2/3 innings of his start vs. ASU on May 10th, all nine innings at UCLA last Friday and the seven innings pitched tonight.  The junior righthander is now 10-1 with an ERA of 2.52 and should be named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year when the award is handed out next week.

* Top offensive performers for the Cardinal tonight were Sam Fuld (3-for-4, 2B, 4 RBI), Jason Cooper (3-for-5, RBI), Chris Carter (1-for-2, HR, 2 BB, RBI), and Ryan Garko (1-for-5, HR, 3 RBI).

* Stanford is 9-2 in their last 11 Pac-10 games since beginning the conference season 5-6.

* Not only was this the first time Chris Carter has ever hit leadoff in a Stanford uniform, but it was the first time since the end of 2000 that Chris O'Riordan did not either first, second, or third in the order (he hit 5th tonight).

Washington State    0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0   -   0   8   2
Stanford            2 5 0  0 0 1  2 0 x   -  10  12   0

The teams will continue this three-game series tomorrow afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 1pm.  John Hudgins (8-1, 5.02) is scheduled to start for Stanford while the Cougars are expected to counter with Brandon Hundt (6-6, 6.42).
 
 


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