Baseball Drops Second Straight

The Cardinal Baseball Team hadn't lost a non-conference series since February of 2000 at Florida St. That is, until tonight. Stanford lost again to the Cal St. Fullerton Titans, this time in ugly fashion. Read on for details…

Cal St. Fullerton 10, Stanford 2
February 1, 2003

After a 7-3 loss on Friday night, most everyone believed that the Cardinal Baseball Team would rebound quickly on Saturday. Cal St. Fullerton, after throwing their ace Wes Littleton on Friday evening, would counter on Saturday with Ryan Schreppel, a freshman making his first start. With the offensive prowess of Stanford, it seemed to be a mismatch. However, 3:09 later, the Cardinal would be scratching their heads, wondering how they could salvage one game of the series.

While the Cardinal failed to score in the first inning, there was one positive: Sam Fuld ripped a single to right field off the glove of Fullerton 1B Richie Burgos. For Fuld, the base hit would end a long hitless streak of 14 AB to start the season. However, Carlos Quentin hit into a double play (the 4th of the series the Cardinal have hit into) and the inning ended.

Fullerton, like yesterday, started the scoring. Justin Smyres led off with a single up the middle off Tim Cunningham, the first hit Cunningham would give up this year after throwing 5.2 innings of no hit baseball last Sunday. Smyres promptly stole second on the first pitch, but had to remain there when Justin Turner was called out for interference on an attempted bunt. Coming off a 2-4 performance last night, Shane Costa was hit by a Cunningham breaking ball to put runners on first and second. Once again, Coach George Horton put the runners in motion, and Smyres and Costa completed the double steal after Stanford catcher Donny Lucy double-clutched on the throw. Kyle Boyer grounded out to John Mayberry, Jr., to give the Titans a 1-0 lead. Cunningham struck out Richie Burgos to end the inning.

Both pitchers struck out two batters in the second, and worked out of trouble in the 3rd. In the fourth, Stanford scored one of its two runs in the game when John Mayberry, Jr. lifted a towering home run down the left field line. Mayberry's first blast tied the game and gave him another extra base hit; out of his five hits this year, four have gone for extra bases. However, the Cardinal would get no more in the 4th.

Fullerton scratched out a run in the 5th inning after a leadoff walk issued to freshman Shawn Scobee. Scobee would move up on a sacrifice bunt and score on a single by Joe Turgeon, his second hit of the evening. Fullerton played small ball to perfection on this night, and leading 2-1, they would not trail the rest of the game.

For Cunningham and the Cardinal, the wheels came off in the 6th. Kyle Boyer led off with a single to right, was balked to second, stole third, and scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-1 Titans. After Cunningham struck out two batters, he gave up an infield single to Shawn Scobee and hit Ronnie Prettyman. His night would end as Mark Marquess pulled Cunningham from the game after 5.2 IP. He issued seven hits but only walked one on the night, striking out seven.

As Kodiak Quick entered the game, he needed only one out to keep Stanford out of trouble. Facing Joe Turgeon, who tormented the Card all night, Quick fell behind 2-0 and gave up a single, making the game a 4-1 Fullerton advantage. Smyres stepped in, and Quick threw one in the dirt, scoring Prettyman from third. Then, in the biggest blow of the night, Justin Smyres homered to straight away center field, 410 feet away, giving Fullerton a 7-1 lead.

In the eight, the Cardinal loaded the bases, driving reliever Jason Windsor from the game. However, with Ryan Garko at the plate and no outs, Sean Martin got Garko to hit into a double play and effectively kill the Cardinal rally. A run came across, but the Cardinal would be done offensively.

Down 7-1, it got worse in the 8th for Stanford, as Quick hit a batter, balked him to second, walked another batter, and got a groundout to put runners on second and third with one out. Joe Turgeon singled for the fourth time, knocking home two runs. Quick faced one more batter, Justin Smyres, who was hit by the pitch. Mark Jecmen came in for the first time in 2003, and after working the count full to Justin Turner, induced a ground ball to Mayberry, who threw it low to Garko at the plate, allowing a run to score. One additional run came home when Jecmen hit Shane Costa. Costa was hit 26 times last year, and after tonight he has been hit twice this year. Fullerton led 10-2 and won when the Cardinal went quietly in the ninth.

          1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R  H  E  LOB

Stanford  0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0   2  8  2  7

Fullerton 1 0 0 0 1 5 0 3 X   10 10 1  6

WP: Ryan Schreppel (1-0)

LP: Tim Cunningham (1-1)

Linescore: STAN- Cunningham, Quick (6), Jecmen (8), and Lucy, Garko (8). CSF- Schreppel, Windsor (6), Martin (8), and Suzuki. E- Lucy (1), Mayberry (1), Prettyman (2). 2B- Hall (1). HR- Mayberry (1), Smyres (1). WP- Schreppel (1), Cunningham 2 (4), Quick (1). HBP: Costa 2 (by Cunningham, Jecmen), Prettyman (by Cunningham), Suzuki (by Quick), Smyres (by Quick). BK- Cunningham, Quick.

A: 2,825 TOG: 3:09

Notes:

  • Sam Fuld got three singles, going 3-4, to break out of his mini-slump. He had a fly ball drop for a single for his second hit, which was nice to see after he hit so many balls hard during his 0-14 start.
  • For the second consecutive night, a freshman for Stanford got roughed up. Kodiak Quick's final line: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2 HBP, 1 BK.
  • Stanford loses a series in non-conference play for the first time since they lost 2 of 3 to Florida St. in 2000. They last lost a series (conference) to Oregon St. in April, 2002.
  • Cal St. Fullerton has only two extra base hits in the series (Dorn's 3B yesterday, Smyres HR today) but has scored 17 runs against Stanford in 2 games.
  • The Titans two left fielders in the series (Dorn, Turgeon): 7-8, 3B, HR, 7 RBI.
  • Donny Lucy struck out twice in his first two AB today. This series: 0-5, 5 K. In his Stanford career, Lucy has struck out 34 times in 131 AB, walking just once.
  • The Cardinal will attempt to win the final game of the series tomorrow, starting at 1:00 PM. Dustin Miller will start for the Titans. He is a redshirt freshman who was on Mark Jecmen's staff at Diamond Bar HS in 2001. Stanford will likely counter with Ryan McCally, who has not thrown this weekend. Game time is 1:00. It can be heard on KZSU, 90.1 FM or on the internet at kzsulive.stanford.edu and gostanford.com. Chad Goldberg and Joe Ritzo will call the action.

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