Carter with a home run and three RBI
The Stanford Cardinal kept their perfect series win record intact on Saturday with a 16-4 rout of the Oregon State Beavers in Corvallis. Stanford has now won all nine of their series played this season and 13 in a row dating back to last year. In today's action, Stanford connected for five home runs as they jumped out to an early big lead with seven runs in the top of the first inning. Read on for all the details.
Stanford made an early statement in the game this
afternoon with seven runs in the top of the first inning to take a big
lead. Sam Fuld started things off with a single which was
followed by a single off the bat of Jonny Ash. After Jed Lowrie
walked to load the bases, Danny Putnam smoked a double to center field
scoring all three runners. But the Cardinal weren't done as after
a walk to John Mayberry, Jr. and a sacrifice bunt from Donny Lucy,
Brian Hall came through with an RBI single for a 4-0 lead.
Up next was DH Chris Carter and the slugging lefty delivered the final
blow of the inning with a three-run home run to right. Just like
that, it was 7-0 Stanford.
Cardinal starter Jeff Gilmore struggled early on in his outing this
afternoon. Mike Lissman singled to lead off the bottom of the
first which was followed by a double from Aaron Mathews. The
Cardinal-killer this weekend Chris Campos was up next and the OSU left
fielder smoked a home run to cut the lead down to 7-3. Campos
went 2-for-4 with a home run on Thursday and then was a perfect 3-for-3
during Friday's game. Gilmore would settle down though after the
home run to keep the score at 7-3 after one.
Stanford would not let up against OSU starter Dallas Buck in the second
inning. Consecutive singles from Ash and Lowrie got things
started. Putnam then grounded a ball up the middle to where
shortstop Chad Schroeder fielded the ball, but his throw to second was
wild and everyone was safe. Buck avoided the big inning though as
he got the next hitter, Mayberry, Jr., to ground into a 4-6-3 double
play (a run did score on the play). But then Lucy singled home a
run to left to make it 9-3 which ended Buck's afternoon. Reliever
Kyle Aselton set down the next batter, Brian Hall, to end the inning.
Gilmore put up a zero in the bottom of the second and then the Cardinal
offense went back to work. With two outs and nobody on in the
third, Fuld reached on a throwing error by the shortstop
Schroeder. After the speedy center fielder stole second, Ash
brought him home with a single to make it 10-3.
Gilmore really settled into a groove at this point in the game as he
worked around a one-out double in the bottom of third and then fired a
perfect 1-2-3 fourth frame. Meanwhile, Stanford added to their
already large lead with two more scores in the top of the fifth to make
it a 12-3 game. Lucy got things started with a single and then
Brian Hall continued his power surge with a two-run home run. For
Hall, it was his third homer of the series and his seventh of the
season - a career high.
In the bottom of the fifth, Gilmore retired the first batter before
Campos continued his assault on Cardinal pitching with a solo home
run. That ended Gilmore's afternoon as freshman Jeff Stimpson was
summoned from the bullpen. This despite Gilmore retiring six
consecutive batters before the home run and Stanford still with a
commanding 12-4 lead. But the move was made and Stimpson was now
in to pitch.
Stanford added a single run in the top of the sixth to push their lead
to 13-4 when Putnam connected on a solo homer to center field.
For Danny, it was his seventh bomb of the season.
Stimpson worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the sixth, but ran into some trouble
in the seventh. Stimpson hit the first batter with a pitch and
then the next hitter reached on a fielding error by Lowrie at
second. Stimpson came back to strike out to dangerous Campos, but
then #4 hitter Shea McFeely drew a walk to load the bases.
Showing very nice poise though, Stimpson came back to strike out the
next two hitters - Mike Hass and Andy Jenkins - to end the
threat. Doubly impressive was that during the Jenkins at-bat,
Lucy dropped a foul pop-up which extended the AB. However,
Stimpson calmly came back to strike him out looking.
The Cardinal bats would not let up despite the big lead and it was
again the longball that produced more scoring. After Putnam drew
a leadoff walk in the top of the eighth, Mayberry, Jr. ripped a home
run to left. And then for good measure, Donny Lucy launched a
home run extending the lead out to 16-4.
Matt Leva relieved Stimpson to start the bottom of the eighth and the
freshman worked a scoreless frame. Then it was Greg Reynolds'
turn in the bottom of the ninth and the 6'8" freshman also put up a
zero. Both Leva and Reynolds worked around one-out singles.
* Stanford ripped five home runs today which tied a season-high.
They also hit five back on February 7th at Fresno State (13-4 win).
* With the win, the Cardinal have now won all nine of their series
played this season and an amazing 13 in a row going back to last year.
* So many offensive stars for the Cardinal this afternoon. Ash
went 4-for-6 with an RBI. Lucy finished 3-for-4 with a home run
and two RBI. Hall continued his extremely hot hitting with a
3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI performance. Hall's hitting streak is now at
* Other multi-hit games came from Putnam (2-for-5, 2B, HR, 4 RBI) and
Carter (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI).
* Stimpson was dominant in relief today. The freshman right
hander went 2 2/3 scoreless, no-hit innings. He walked two and
struck out a whopping six. His season ERA is now down to 0.54
(16.2 IP/1 ER).
* Gilmore went 4 1/3 innings this afternoon yielding four runs on six
hits. He walked one and struck out five.
7 2 1 0 2 1 0 3 0 - 16
Oregon State 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
- 4 8 3
WP: Jeff Stimpson (1-1)
LP: Dallas Buck (1-3)
HR: Stanford - Danny Putnam (7), John Mayberry, Jr. (9), Donny Lucy
(5), Brian Hall (7), Chris Carter (4) ; Oregon State - Chris Campos 2
Records: #1 Stanford (25-5, 4-2), Oregon State (19-11, 4-5)
* The Cardinal will be back in action on Tuesday night when they host
Santa Clara for a single non-conference game. First pitch is
scheduled for 6:00pm. Next weekend, Stanford hosts rival Cal for
a three-game series, Friday-Sunday (6pm, 1pm, 1pm).