Cardinal Complete Sweep Of Fresno State

Ryan McCally tossed a complete game, six-hitter to lead the Stanford Cardinal to a 7-2 victory over the Fresno State Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon at Sunken Diamond. At one point, McCally retired 17 consecutive hitters while the Stanford offense contributed 10 hits in the game. Read on for a complete recap.

The Stanford Cardinal baseball team completed a three-game sweep of the Fresno State Bulldogs this afternoon with a 7-2 victory in front of 2,067 fans at Sunken Diamond.  Ryan McCally went the distance for the first time in his Stanford career to record the win while the Cardinal offense pounded out 10 hits as Stanford improved their record to 6-5.

Stanford starter Ryan McCally was hit up a little bit early in the game as the Bulldogs recorded four singles off Ryan in the first three innings.  Casey McGehee picked up a two-out single in the first but was stranded after Brandon Esparza popped out to end the inning.  In the second, Kyle Atrat led off with a single but was quickly erased when the next hitter, Brian Pierce, grounded into a 5-4-3 double play.  After the DP, Chris Patrick singled and stole second but was left in scoring position when Tory Davis popped out to short to end the inning.  With one out in the top of the third, leadoff hitter Scott Beshears singled and was advanced to second on a Ryan Haag sacrifice bunt.  McCally then uncorked a wild pitch allowing Beshears to reach third but he would get no further as Casey McGehee flew out to center to end the threat.

Meanwhile, FSU starter Matt Garza easily set down the Stanford hitters through the first two innings.  He retired all six batters he faced while throwing only 13 pitches in the process.  Garza then recorded the first two outs in the bottom of third before #9 hitter John Hester, who was making his first career start, walked.  The free pass would prove costly as Sam Fuld then stepped up and blasted a triple to deep right center field scoring Hester from first for a 1-0 Stanford lead.

In the bottom of the fourth, Ryan Garko singled with one out and then advanced to second when John Mayberry, Jr. walked.  Jed Lowrie then singled to left to load the bases for Chris Lewis.  On a 2-2 pitch, Lewis flied out to center field but plenty deep enough to score Garko from third to increase Stanford's lead to 2-0.  Tobin Swope was up next and the senior shortstop blooped a double right down the left field line scoring Mayberry, Jr. for the Cardinal's third run of the game.

Stanford would break the game open with a three-spot in the bottom of the fifth.  With one out, Brian Hall clubbed a solo homer to left for a 4-0 Stanford lead.  Two batters later, Garko walked and then Mayberry, Jr. was hit by a pitch to put two runners on base.  The first pitch from new relief pitcher Donnie Bair was a not a good one as Jed Lowrie lined it down the right field for a double scoring both Garko and Mayberry, Jr. extending the lead out to 6-0.

On the other side, Ryan McCally was mowing down the Fresno State hitters.  He retired the side in order in the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth innings.  He struck out four during that stretch and threw only 60 pitches.  Combined with the final two outs in the third inning, McCally had set down 17 consecutive hitters.

The Cardinal would score their final run of the game in the bottom of the seventh when with Jed Lowrie on at first base, Chris Lewis doubled to the right center gap scoring Lowrie.

The Bulldogs finally got to McCally in the ninth as Scott Beshears led off with a home run to right field cutting the lead to 7-1.  Ryan Haag then stepped up and lined a double down the right field line.  With Jeff Gilmore and Jonny Dyer throwing in the bullpen, Coach Marquess went out to talk with McCally but he left the senior right hander in the game.  McCally then recorded two consecutive ground ball outs (the runner Haag advanced to third and then scored on those outs) and then struck out Kyle Atrat looking to end the game.

Game Notes :
* The complete game for McCally came in only his fourth career start at Stanford.  He gave up just two runs on six hits, did not walk a batter while picking up five strikeouts.  McCally (2 BB and 13 SO in 22 IP) and Friday starter John Hudgins (3 BB and 28 SO in 29 IP) have put some impressive strikeout-to-walk numbers this season.

* As a whole, this was a very good weekend from a pitching and defensive standpoint for the Cardinal.  Stanford hurlers combined to just allow five runs and 14 hits while the defense committed only one error in the three games versus Fresno State.

* Offensively today, Jed Lowrie (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) and Tobin Swope (2-for-3, 2B, RBI) had multi-hit games.  John Hester (starting in place of Danny Putnam at DH) was the only Cardinal starter without a hit.

* It was a successful weekend for both Lowrie and Chris Lewis who each started all three games this weekend (Lowrie at third and Lewis at second).  Lowrie finished 5-for-11 with three RBI while Lewis went 3-for-7 with four RBI.  Both were also perfect defensively.

Fresno State     0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 2   -   2   6   0
Stanford         0 0 1  2 3 0  1 0 x   -   7  10   0

WP: Ryan McCally (1-1)
LP: Matt Garza (1-2)

HR: Fresno State - Scott Beshears (1) ; Stanford - Brian Hall (2)

Records: Fresno State (1-6), #11 Stanford (6-5)

* The Cardinal will conclude this seven-game homestand tomorrow when they welcome the Nevada Wolf Pack to Sunken Diamond.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:00pm.

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