Card Take Game One of Doubleheader

The Stanford Cardinal jumped out to a 9-2 lead after three innings and then held off a late Texas rally to post an 11-7 victory over the Longhorns in game one of their doubleheader on Saturday. Carlos Quentin paced the 17-hit offensive attack with five hits while John Hudgins recorded another win on the mound. Read on for a complete recap.

The Stanford Cardinal opened up their three-game series with the fourth ranked Texas Longhorns with a bang scoring nine runs in the first three innings en route to an 11-7 victory in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.  Carlos Quentin picked up five hits, Jed Lowrie four hits while John Hudgins recorded the win on the mound as Stanford improved their record to 8-5 on the year.

In the top of the first, the Cardinal scored four runs and all with two outs.  After Sam Fuld and Brian Hall were easily retired to start the inning, Carlos Quentin came up and doubled to deep left.  Ryan Garko was up next and the senior catcher continued his power surge with a two-run homer to left for a 2-0 Stanford lead.  The Cardinal weren't done though as Danny Putnam singled and then John Mayberry, Jr. belted a triple to right center scoring Putnam.  Jed Lowrie completed the scoring with a single to right easily scoring Mayberry, Jr. extending the lead to 4-0.

Stanford added three more runs in the top of the second to increase their lead to 7-0.  With Tobin Swope on at second base and Brian Hall at first with one out, Quentin ripped a double down the left field line scoring Swope and moving Hall to third.  After Garko was intentionally walked, Putnam flew out to right but it was plenty deep enough to score Hall from third for a six-run lead.  Mayberry, Jr. then came through with a clutch hit singling to score Quentin capping the three-run inning.

The Longhorns answered off John Hudgins, who had an easy 1-2-3 first inning, with two runs of their own in the bottom of the second.  Scott Dodge singled to lead off the inning and after an Eric Sultemeier strike out, J.D. Reininger doubled down the left field line to put two runners in scoring position.  Dodge would score when the next hitter, Curtis Thigpen, flew out to center and then Reininger scored on a two-out single off the bat of Michael Hollimon.

The Cardinal got back those two runs in the top of the third thanks to a couple of Texas errors.  Chris Lewis led off by reaching on an error.  Swope then laid down a bunt only to reach safely because of an error on UT first baseman J.D. Reininger.  Fuld walked to load the bases and then Hall singled to left scoring Lewis and Swope to push the lead back up to seven runs.

Hudgins had no problems in the third and fourth innings retiring all six batters he faced, three by strikeouts.  In the top of the fifth, Stanford reached double figures in runs when with one out Sam Fuld singled. stole second, and would score on an error by the first baseman Reininger.  Carlos Quentin was at the plate and the slugging right fielder chopped a ball to the third baseman.  Quentin beat it out for an infield hit but when Reininger dropped the ball, Fuld came around to score Stanford's tenth run of the game.

In the bottom of the fifth, Curtis Thigpen led off with a deep home run to left field cutting the Stanford lead to 10-3, but Hudgins would settle down to struck out the side and keep Stanford's lead at seven runs.  Texas added another run in the bottom of the sixth when with one out, Dustin Majewski singled, advanced to second on a ground out and scored on a double off the bat of Eric Sultemeier.  Hudgins though would get Curtis Thigpen to ground out with two on to retire the side.

Stanford put a couple of runners on in the seventh when Fuld walked with one out and Quentin doubled to deep left with two outs - his third two-bagger of the game - but Ryan Garko grounded out to second stranding the two runners in scoring position.  Hudgins gave up a two-out single to Tim Moss in the bottom of the seventh, but got Omar Quintanilla to fly out to right to end the inning which also ended Hudgins' afternoon.

David O'Hagan came on to start the bottom of the eighth, with Stanford still leading 10-4, and got himself into a bases loaded, two out jam, but Michael Hollimon popped out to second to end the Texas threat.  The Cardinal scored their 11th and final run of the game in the top of the ninth.  With two outs and nobody on, Quentin singled up the middle.  Garko was up next and he hit a routine ground ball to short only to have UT shortstop Omar Quintanilla throw away the ball to first - Texas' fourth error of the game.  Danny Putnam would make the Longhorns pay delivering a clutch two-out single to right scoring Quentin for an 11-4 lead.

The Longhorns made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth with three runs.  With Joe Ferin on second and one out, Omar Quintanilla reached on a bloop single to score Ferin cutting the Stanford lead to 11-5.  Dustin Majewski singled to put two runners on and then two batters later Eric Sultemeier singled to score Quintanilla.  That ended O'Hagan's day as freshman Kodiak Quick was summoned from the bullpen needing just one out to end the game.  Quick walked the first batter he faced to load the bases and move the tying run into the on-deck circle.  Curtis Thigpen was up next and the Texas catcher bounced a ball up the middle to which Tobin Swope fielded and tried to force the runner out at second.  His throw was late and over the head of Chris Lewis who was covering the bag, but the ball went right to the pitcher Quick who fired home in time to get Sultemeier who was trying to score from second.  That ended the game with Stanford on top 11-7.

Game Notes :
* Quentin (5-for-6), Lowrie (4-for-5), and Mayberry, Jr. (3-for-6) combined for 12 of Stanford's 17 hits on the afternoon.  Quentin hit three doubles, scored three runs, and stole a base.  All of Lowrie's hits were singles while he also stole a base.  Mayberry, Jr's big hit was the RBI triple in the top of the first.

* The Cardinal easily could have scored more runs in this game as they had at least one hit in every inning.  They grounded into three double plays and left 13 runners on base.  The 11 runs and 17 hits were both season highs.

* The home run by Ryan Garko was his fourth in the last six games.

* John Hudgins picked up the win on the mound to improve to 3-0 on the year.  He went seven full innings yielding four runs on seven hits.  He walked one and struck out eight.

* Texas starter Danny Muegge went just 1 1/3 innings giving up seven runs and six hits.  The Longhorns though got a big boost from reliever Sam LeCure as the freshman hurler went six innings out of the bullpen allowing just one run.

* The win extends Stanford's winning streak to five games while snapping Texas' winning streak at eight games.

* Prior to today's game, Coach Marquess gave the radio audience an update on various injured Stanford players.  Tim Cunningham broke a finger on his left hand and will miss a couple of weeks.  Marquess hopes to have Chris Carter back in action in 3-to-4 weeks while relief pitcher Billy Paganetti didn't make the trip due to a sore arm.

Stanford      4 3 2  0 1 0  0 0 1    -    11  17  0
Texas         0 2 0  0 1 1  0 0 3    -     7  13  4

WP: John Hudgins (3-0)
LP: Danny Muegge (3-1)

HR: Stanford - Ryan Garko (4) ; Texas - Curtis Thigpen (2)

Records: #10 Stanford (8-5), #4 Texas (11-2)

* Game two of this doubleheader is scheduled to start around 3:00pm (PST).  Ryan McCally (1-1, 3.68) is scheduled to start for Stanford while the Longhorns will go with their All-American lefty Justin Simmons (2-0, 3.38, 16 wins last year).


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