Card Drop Finale, Still Win Series At Texas

The Stanford Cardinal were on the short end of a 7-1 final this afternoon in Austin against the defending champion Texas Longhorns. With few pitchers available because of injuries and yesterday's doubleheader, Coach Marquess turned to Jonny Dyer, who was making his first start. Dyer and three relievers were roughed up while the hitters only mustered seven hits. Still, a big series win this weekend at Texas.

The Texas Longhorns salvaged a game of the three-game series with a 7-1 victory over the Stanford Cardinal on Sunday afternoon in Austin.  Jonny Dyer, making his first career start, took the loss while the Longhorns used a four-run seventh inning to break open a close game.

The Cardinal actually jumped out ahead in this game with a run in the top of the second inning.  Ryan Garko led off by reaching on an error and then a John Mayberry, Jr. single put two runners on.  Jed Lowrie bunted the runners over for Danny Putnam and the sophomore DH came through with a single through the right side scoring Garko.  Unfortunately for Stanford though, UT right fielder Dustin Majewski fired a perfect strike to the plate to nail Mayberry, Jr. who was trying to score from second.  The Cardinal looked as if they may score another run or two in that inning as Tobin Swope singled and Chris Lewis walked but with the bases loaded and two out, Brian Hall popped out to end the inning.

Stanford starter Jonny Dyer looked good in the bottom of the first retiring the Longhorns without a hit, but ran into some trouble in the second.  He walked J.D. Reininger to lead off the inning and with Reininger on second and two outs, Eric Sultemeier singled to score the run.  After Dyer worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the third, Texas went ahead for good in the fourth.  The All-American Majewski led off with a home run and after Dyer walked the next hitter, Reininger, on four pitches and then fell behind Curtis Thigpen 1-0 he was removed from the game in favor of Drew Ehrlich.  Ehrlich was able to easily get out of the jam to keep the score 2-1 Texas.

Stanford had a great opportunity to score in the fifth against UT starter Eugene Espineli.  Swope started things off with a single and then Lewis hit a slow grounder to third only to have Texas third baseman Michael Hollimon throw wildly to second in attempt to cut down the lead runner and everyone was safe.  Brian Hall sacrificed the runners over but Sam Fuld couldn't deliver as he struck out looking for the second out.  That ended Espineli's afternoon as Josh Smith was summoned from the bullpen and he promptly hit Carlos Quentin with a pitch to load the bases.  But on a 3-2 pitch, Ryan Garko lined out to shortstop to end the threat.

Texas added a run in the bottom of the fifth off Ehrlich when with one out Tim Moss singled, stole second, and scored on an Omar Quintanilla single.  Freshman Kodiak Quick was then brought into the game and he needed just one pitch to get out of the inning inducing Majewski to ground into a 6-4-3 double play.  After Stanford went down 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth, Quick worked a perfect bottom of the sixth throwing just seven pitches.

The floodgates would open in the bottom of the seventh though against Quick and Mark Jecmen.  Eric Sultemeier singled to lead off the inning and was then sacrificed to second.  #9 hitter Joe Ferin came through with a big hit singling up the middle to score Sultemeier for a 4-1 UT lead.  Tim Moss followed the Ferin single with a single of his own and that ended Quick's day.  Mark Jecmen, appearing in just his second game of the year, came on and struggled mightily.  After getting Quintanilla to fly out for the second out of the inning, Jecmen gave up a two-run double to Majewski and an RBI single to Reininger and all of a sudden it was a 7-1 Texas lead.

Texas brought in their closer Huston Street in the top of the eighth and he gave up a leadoff single to Carlos Quentin but he was quickly erased on a Ryan Garko double play.  In the bottom of the eighth, freshman righthander Jeff Gilmore made his Stanford debut and struggled some with his control but got out of the inning unscored upon.  Gilmore walked two, threw two wild pitches but got Tim Moss to ground out to end the inning.  In the ninth, Stanford went down quietly against Street to end the ballgame.

Game Notes :
* Not much hitting today for Stanford as they muster a season-low tying seven hits.  John Mayberry, Jr. extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 2-for-4 performance while Tobin Swope also recorded two hits.

* Jonny Dyer's final line saw him go three-plus innings yielding two runs and two hits.  He walked three and struck out one.  Dyer had thrown just 13 1/3 career innings prior to today's start.

* Josh Smith picked up the win with two shutout innings of relief of starter Eugene Espineli.  Smith recorded possibly the biggest out of the game getting Ryan Garko to line out with the bases loaded in the fifth inning with Stanford trailing only 2-1.

* The Cardinal didn't commit an error in today's game and did not make an error all weekend (the Longhorns committed seven).

* Jonny Ash appearing in his first game since February 9th because of a minor shoulder injury, pinch hit for Chris Lewis in the top of the ninth and struck out looking to end the game.

Stanford      0 1 0  0 0 0  0 0 0   -   1   7   0
Texas         0 1 0  1 1 0  4 0 x   -   7  10   2

WP: Josh Smith (2-0)
LP: Jonny Dyer (0-1)

HR: Texas - Dustin Majewski (4th)

Records: #10 Stanford (9-6), #4 Texas (12-3)

* The Cardinal are back in action this weekend when they host the 8th ranked USC Trojans in a three-game series at Sunken Diamond.  First pitch is scheduled for 6pm on Friday and 1pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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