Mayberry's blast was the knockout blow
The Stanford Cardinal baseball team won their second consecutive outright Pac-10 Championship this afternoon with an easy 10-3 victory over Arizona State. Chris Minaker, Jonny Ash, and John Mayberry, Jr. each smoked home runs while Jeff Gilmore tossed seven quality innings on the mound to record his ninth win of the year. Stanford has also now won six conference titles in the last eight seasons while they run their 2004 overall record to a sparkling 44-11.
The Cardinal jumped on the board first in today's game
with a single run in the bottom of the first inning. With two
outs, Jed Lowrie drew a walk. Then Danny Putnam stepped to the
plate and he promptly crushed a triple off the base of the wall in
center field scoring Lowrie with Stanford's first run of the game.
Stanford starter Jeff Gilmore breezed through the first inning throwing
just seven pitches in setting down the Sun Devils 1-2-3. However,
he would run into some trouble in the second as ASU plated two runs to
take their first lead of the contest. Jeff Larish got things
started with a ringing double to right. After a single from Josh
Asanovich and a strike out, Tuffy Gosewisch came up and flied a ball
down the right field line. Right fielder Brian Hall sprinted over
and made a fabulous running catch in foul territory just before
slamming into the bullpen fence for the second out of the inning.
That ball though was plenty deep enough to score Larish from third to
tie the game. The next batter was Zechry Zinicola and the Arizona State DH came through with a clutch two-out double scoring Asanovich to
make it a 2-1 game.
The Cardinal though would waste little time in getting back the
lead. Facing ASU ace pitcher and a leading candidate for Pac-10
Pitcher of the Year, Jason Urquidez, Chris Minaker belted a two-out,
two-run homer to deep left center field off the top of the scoreboard
to give Stanford a 3-2 advantage. But the Cardinal wouldn't stop
there. Sam Fuld drew a hard-earned full-count walk and then Jonny Ash ripped a line drive home run over the wall in right and all of a
sudden, it was 5-2 in favor of Stanford.
Gilmore quickly set down ASU in the third and fourth innings
surrendering just a one single over those two frames. Then in the
bottom of the fourth against relief pitcher Erik Averill, Stanford
broke open the game with four more runs. Minaker led off with a
single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Fuld's ground out
moved Minaker to third, but Jonny Ash couldn't bring him home as he
grounded out sharply to second. After Lowrie walked, Putnam came
through with a big two-out single into left field scoring
Minaker. Then John Mayberry, Jr. delivered the knockout punch as
he launched a three-run homer to left field to make it a 9-2 ballgame.
Stanford scored their final run of the game in the bottom of the fifth
when Donny Lucy led off with a double to deep left. He advanced
to third on a wild pitch and scored on Chris Carter's sacrifice fly to
Gilmore continued to roll through the middle innings as he put up zeros
in the fifth, sixth, and seventh frames. The only hits were a
one-out double in the sixth and a leadoff two-bagger in the seventh to
which both times Gilmore was able to pitch out of trouble. In the
eighth, Gilmore began the inning with two consecutive balls to Joe
Persichina which ended his afternoon as sophomore Kodiak Quick was
summoned from the bullpen. Quick completed the walk to Persichina
and then issued a free-pass to Travis Buck. But Quick was able to
limit the damage after that as he retired the next three batters on a
ground out, fly out, and a ground out. A run would score on the
fly out to make it a 10-3 game.
In the ninth, Quick issued a two-out walk, but got All-American Dustin
Pedroia to ground into a fielder's choice to shortstop to end the game
and give Stanford the outright Pac-10 Championship.
* Gilmore picked-up the win with seven quality innings of work.
He surrendered three runs on six hits with two walks and six strike
* Minaker, Ash, and Mayberry, Jr. each hit homers today - that gives
Stanford 88 long balls on the season which is tied for fifth all-time
on the Farm. The school record is 102 which was set by the 1997
* Multi-hit games came from Hall (3-for-4, SB), Ash (2-for-5, HR, 2
RBI), Putnam (2-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI), and Minaker (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI).
* Putnam extended his hitting streak to 15 games with his triple in the
* Every starter in the Stanford lineup, with the exception of Chris
Carter, had at least one hit today.
* The Cardinal scored nine of their ten runs with two outs.
* Stanford has won four games in a row. The pitching staff has
complied an ERA of 1.50 during the streak.
* Stanford's overall record now stands at 44-11 with just one game
remaining in the regular season. Even with a loss tomorrow, the
Cardinal would finish with the second best regular season winning
percentage in Mark Marquess' 28 years as a head coach. Only the
1990 team that went 52-10 (.839) finished better.
* The Pac-10 championship is Stanford's second in a row and sixth in
the last eight seasons.
Arizona State 0 2
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 - 3
Stanford 1 4 0 4 1 0 0 0 x
- 10 13 0
WP: Jeff Gilmore (9-2)
LP: Jason Urquidez (11-3)
HR: Stanford - John Mayberry, Jr. (14), Jonny Ash (5), Chris Minaker (3)
Records: #2 Stanford (44-11, 16-7), #16 Arizona State (39-16, 12-11)
* The Cardinal will go for the sweep of the Sun Devils tomorrow
afternoon at 1:00pm. It's Senior Day at the ballpark as Stanford
plays their final regular season game of the year. Matt Leva
(5-1, 3.91) is scheduled to start on the mound for the Cardinal while
Arizona State is expected to counter with lefty Brett Bordes (3-1,