Card Pound Bears To Clinch Series Victory

2 HR and 5 RBI for Putnam

Stanford rapped out a season-high tying 18 hits Saturday afternoon in their 9-2 win over the California Golden Bears. Danny Putnam and Donny Lucy led the offensive charge with two homers apiece while Sam Fuld scored a run to move into first all-time at Stanford in that category. Meanwhile, Jeff Gilmore tossed a five-hit complete game on the hill as Stanford records their tenth series win in a row to begin the year.

You know things are going good when scoring nine runs while hitting four homers in the process doesn't turn any heads.  However, what has to have Cardinal fans excited today was the pitching performance from sophomore Jeff Gilmore.  Gilmore, who moved back into the Saturday spot in the rotation this weekend, fired a five-hit complete game this afternoon against the Bears.  With the win, Gilmore improves his record to 6-1 while the team's mark now stands at an amazing 28-5 (6-2 in the Pac-10).

Gilmore walked the leadoff batter in this ballgame, but that would be only free pass he would issue in today's contest.  The right hander retired the next eight batters in a row after the leadoff walk before Allen Craig bounced a single through the right side with two outs in the top of the third.  Gilmore though would escape any possible damage in the third to keep the Bears off the scoreboard.

Stanford loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the first, but they would come up empty-handed when John Mayberry, Jr. grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.  However in the second, the Cardinal could not be kept off the scoreboard.  Catcher Donny Lucy ripped a solo home run over the wall in left to leadoff the frame for his sixth long ball of the season.

The Cardinal added to their lead with two more runs in the bottom of the third to make it a 3-0 game.  Sam Fuld got things started with a line drive single into right.  After Jonny Ash flied out to deep right and Jed Lowrie popped out, Danny Putnam unloaded an opposite field home run to left center field.

On the home run, Fuld came home to score the 245th run of his career.  The significance of that was it put Fuld #1 all-time at Stanford in runs scored.  He passes Mark Davis who had scored 244 runs from the 1983 to 1986 seasons.

Gilmore continued to mow down the Cal hitters as he worked a 1-2-3 fourth inning needing just ten pitches to achieve the feat.  In the bottom of the fourth, the Cardinal struck for two more runs to take a 5-0 lead.  Chris Minaker singled to lead off and then he stole second.  After a Fuld fly out to deep right moved Minaker to third, Ash brought home the Cardinal shortstop with a single up the middle.  Stanford wasn't done though as back-to-back singles from Lowrie and Putnam produced another run extending the lead out to 5-0.

Gilmore breezed through the fifth and sixth innings retiring Cal in order in both frames.  Through six innings, Gilmore had allowed just one hit with one walk on 67 pitches.

The Cardinal pushed across two more scores in the bottom of the sixth once again using the home run ball.  With one out, Lowrie ripped a single into right which was followed by a Putnam two-run blast to left.  For Putnam, it was his first multi-homer game of the season and the fourth of his career.

Cal finally got to Gilmore for a run in the top of the seventh when David Nicholson led off with a single and scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly. 

Stanford added single runs in the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings against the California bullpen.  In the seventh, Minaker doubled with two outs and scored when Lowrie was plunked with the bases loaded.  Meanwhile in the eighth, Lucy clubbed his second homer of the game - a solo shot well over the fence in left.

Gilmore was touched up for a harmless run in the top of the ninth when Chris Grossman singled home Allen Craig with two outs.  Gilmore though would come back to strike out Justin Nelson to end the inning and the game.

Game Notes:
* Gilmore dazzled on the hill this afternoon in throwing the first complete game of his career (and the first from any Stanford pitcher this season).  He surrendered just five hits and two runs with one walk and four K's.

* Putnam (3-for-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI) and Lucy (2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI) were the hitting stars today.  With two homers, Putnam has now tied Lowrie for the team lead with ten.  Mayberry, Jr. is right on their heels with nine.  Stanford has also now smoked 53 homers in their first 33 games this season.

* Stanford rapped out a season-high tying 18 hits today.

* Other multi-hit games came from Lowrie (3-for-4, RBI), Minaker (3-for-4, 2B, SB), Fuld (2-for-5), Ash (2-for-4, RBI), and Hall (2-for-5, SB).

* Hall extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a single in the third inning.  Lucy (ten games) and Fuld (nine games) also extended lengthy hitting streaks.

* Stanford has now won 24 of their 28 games this season by three runs or more. 

* Stanford extended their winning streak over Cal to 15 games.  With the win, they also clinched their 10th series victory in a row to start the year (14 in a row dating back to last May).

California   0 0 0  0 0 0  1 0 1   -   2   5   0
Stanford     0 1 2  2 0 2  1 1 x   -   9  18   1

WP: Jeff Gilmore (6-1)
LP: Mike Padgett (3-5)

HR: Stanford - Danny Putnam 2 (9, 10), Donny Lucy 2 (6, 7)

Records: #2 Stanford (28-5, 6-2), California (20-22, 6-8)

* The Cardinal will go for the series sweep tomorrow afternoon at 1:00pm.  Blake Holler (3-2, 4.65) is scheduled to start on the hill for Stanford while California has yet to announce a starting pitcher.


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