Card Roll To 11-2 Win Over Cal

Stanford scored in double figures for the third consecutive game as they easily defeated the Cal Bears 11-2 on Friday night. John Mayberry, Jr. led the offense with four hits and three RBI while John Hudgins went all nine innings on the mound. Read on for a complete recap.

The Stanford Cardinal opened their series with the California Golden Bears with a convincing 11-2 win in front of 2,280 fans at Sunken Diamond on Friday night.  John Mayberry, Jr. led the offense with a 4-for-5 performance while John Hudgins went the distance on the mound giving up just seven hits.  It was Stanford's ninth win in their last 11 games and the third consecutive game that they've scored in double figures.

The Cardinal jumped on the scoreboard early with two runs in the bottom of the first against Cal ace pitcher Matt Brown.  Brown hit leadoff hitter Sam Fuld with a pitch and then Brian Hall doubled down the left field line to put two runners in scoring position.  Carlos Quentin was up next and the junior rightfielder ripped a single up the middle to score Fuld and then Hall scored when the following hitter, Ryan Garko, flew out to right.

Cal answered back though against Hudgins in the top of the second.  Hudgins walked Conor Jackson to lead off the inning and then Chris Grossman belted a deep home run to left field tying the game at 2-2.  Jeremy Burchett followed the Grossman blast with a single, but Hudgins was able to get out of the inning without any further damage as he struck out James Holder for the first out, Burchett was caught stealing for the second out, and #8 hitter Justin Nelson popped out to end the top of the second.

Stanford responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the second thanks in large part to some shoddy Cal defense.  Tobin Swope led off by grounding a ball to second, but Bears second baseman David Nicholson bobbled the ball and then threw wildly to first allowing Swope to reach safely.  With Jed Lowrie at the plate, Swope stole second and advanced to third when catcher Matt Einspahr's throw went into center field.  Lowrie brought Swope home with a fly ball to center field.

In the bottom of the fourth, Ryan Garko singled with one out and advanced to second on a wild pitch.  After Danny Putnam struck out, John Mayberry, Jr. singled home Garko to put Stanford ahead 4-2.  The Cardinal then put some distance between themselves and the Bears with three more tallies in the bottom of the fifth.  Swope led things off with a single.  He then stole second and third base to put himself only 90 feet away from scoring.  After Lowrie struck out, Chris Lewis was hit by a Matt Brown pitch to put two runners on.  Sam Fuld was the next hitter and the Cardinal leadoff batter singled through the left side to score Swope to push the lead up to 5-2.  The speedy Fuld stole second to put two runners in scoring position but Brian Hall was unable to get another run home as he flied out to shallow right.  Quentin then came up and hit a soaring major-league pop-up on the infield.  Third baseman Conor Jackson came racing in but dropped the ball about halfway in between the pitcher's mound and home plate allowing both Lewis and Fuld to score for a 7-2 Stanford lead.  While it was a fairly difficult play for Jackson as he was racing in from third (although one he should have made), the fault on the play lies with the entire Cal infield as nobody took charge.  So the inning ended with Stanford up by five runs while John Hudgins was in complete control of the game.

Hudgins gave up a two-out double in the top of the third but struck out #3 hitter Brian Horwitz to end the inning.  The junior righthander then went on to throw three no-hit innings in the fourth through sixth frames.  He walked one and a hit a batter during that stretch while striking out two.

After Brown departed after four complete innings of work (six hits, seven runs, four earned), Stanford added another run off reliever Adam Gold in the bottom of the fifth.  Mayberry, Jr. led off with a double and would later score on a bases loaded walk with Brian Hall at the plate.  After not scoring in the sixth or seventh innings, the Cardinal pushed across three more scores in the bottom of the eighth.  With one out, Hall tripled to the right field corner.  After Quentin walked, Hall would score when reliever Blake Read uncorked a wild pitch.  With Quentin on first and two outs, pinch hitter Jonny Ash lined singled to left and then Quentin and Ash would both score when Mayberry, Jr. lined a triple to the left center field gap.

Hudgins gave up a few harmless singles over the final three innings, but the Bears didn't push across any more runs.  Hudgins struck out leadoff hitter David Nicholson to end the game and give Stanford a game one victory in this three-game series.

Game Notes:
* The story offensively for Stanford today was John Mayberry, Jr. as the freshman first baseman extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a 4-for-5 (2B, 3B, 3 RBI) performance.  Junior is hitting .490 (24-for-49) during the streak.  He also hit his team-leading fifth triple of the year in this game which is already halfway to the Stanford single-season triples record (John Shepard hit 10 in 1953).

* Sam Fuld (2-for-4, SB, RBI) and Brian Hall (2-for-4, 2B, 3B, RBI) also had multi-hit games for Stanford as Danny Putnam and Chris Lewis were the only starters without hits.

* John Hudgins' final line saw him go all nine innings yielding two runs on seven hits.  He walked two and struck out nine and is now 4-1 on the season.

* Stanford was very active on the base paths today stealing six bases (in nine attempts).  Swope stole three bases, Quentin two, and Fuld had one.

* The Cardinal have scored 39 runs on 41 hits in their last three games (all wins).

California    0 2 0  0 0 0  0 0 0   -   2   7   4
Stanford      2 1 1  3 1 0  0 3 x   -  11  13   1

WP: John Hudgins (4-1)
LP: Matt Brown (1-2)

HR: California - Chris Grossman (3)

Records: California (11-6), #7 Stanford (12-7)

* These same two teams will be in action tomorrow afternoon with a 1:00pm first pitch time at Sunken Diamond.  Ryan McCally (2-1, 3.97) is scheduled to start for Stanford while Cal is expected to counter with Brian Montalbo (2-0, 4.86).


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