Gilmore off to a hot start this season
After a rainout on Friday, the Cardinal baseball team returned to the field on Saturday and promptly swept a doubleheader from the Kansas Jayhawks, 7-3 and 9-2. A couple of strong starting pitching performances from Mark Romanczuk Jeff Gilmore led the way while two big home runs - one in each game - provided the offensive lift.
Strong starting pitching was the theme of the day for
the Stanford Cardinal. Mark Romanczuk got the ball in game one
during the afternoon and the junior lefty came up with a solid effort
on the mound. Kansas had baserunners throughout the first three
innings against the southpaw, but was never able to push across any
runs. Romanczuk prevented any sort of rally in the top of the
first when he picked off Matt Baty at first base. In the third,
the Jayhawks put a couple of runners on with one out, but back-to-back
strike outs of Ritchie Price and John Allman, the #3 and #4 hitters in
the Kansas lineup, retired the side.
Innings four through seven saw Romanczuk dominate the Jayhawks hitter
with two exceptions. Romanczuk only allowed two hits during those
four frames, but both knocks were solo home runs off the bat of center
fielder Gus Milner. Fortunately, the Cardinal maintained a lead
after each home run and so the damage was minimal.
Overall, Romanczuk's control was much better in today's start when
compared to his previous two outings. In those two starts,
Romanczuk walked a total of nine batters in 10 2/3 innings.
However, in this afternoon's game, the Delaware native issued just two
free passes in his 7 1/3 innings. He also recorded six strike
outs while holding the Kansas hitters to two runs on six hits.
The Cardinal hitters in this first game used a steady offensive attack
to knock off the Jayhawks. The first inning saw John Mayberry,
Jr. pick up an RBI single and then later in the frame it was Adam Sorgi
knocking in a run with a sacrifice fly to right. In the second,
Stanford scored a run without the benefit of a hit when Ryan Seawell
led off by drawing a walk. He moved to second on a balk, to third
on an error, and then scored on a John Hester's fielder's choice ground
The game was still tight, at 3-1 Cardinal, in the bottom of the fifth
when Chris Lewis connected for a two-run home run to left. Lewis
smacked two homers in Stanford's last game - the 15-10 thrashing of Cal
State Fullerton - and picked up right where he left off today.
The Cardinal then capped their scoring in the bottom of the sixth when
Jim Rapoport led off with a double and then scored two batters later on
a Hester double. Later in the inning, Hester would come home and
score on a Minaker single.
Greg Reynolds came in for Romanczuk with one out in the eighth and a
couple of runners on and the sophomore right-hander got Stanford out of
the inning with ease inducing a ground out and a fly out. Kansas
scored a run in the ninth off Reynolds when with one out, Travis Dunlap
was hit by a pitch and he would score when the next batter, Ryan Baty,
doubled him home. Reynolds though would set down the next two
batters to end the game and preserve the 7-3 Cardinal victory.
Game two got off to a rocky start when starter Jeff Gilmore was touched
up for two runs in the top of the first inning. A Michael Taylor
dropped fly ball in right started the rally. Price singled home a
run after the error then a walk and another single produced the second
run of the inning. Gilmore would eventually retire the side and
that would be all Kansas would get off the junior right-hander on this
In fact, from with one out in the first inning through the end of the
fourth, Gilmore retired 11 consecutive Jayhawk hitters. He was in
complete control and was keeping the Kansas batters off balance the
entire evening. The Jayhawks put a few runners on base in the
fifth, sixth, and seventh, but never were able to push across any
runs. The fifth saw a leadoff single and then an error put
runners at first and second with none out. But Gilmore easily set
down the next three batters to put up another zero on the
scoreboard. In the sixth it was a one-out walk and in the seventh
a two-out single, but nothing came of either rally as Gilmore came up
with yet another high-quality outing.
Meanwhile, the Stanford offense was having a tough time with Kansas
starting pitcher Clint Schambach. Schambach, a soft throwing
right-hander, allowed just one hit in seven innings in his first start
of the season last weekend at Hawaii-Hilo. For awhile, it looked
as if he was going to match that effort tonight as the Cardinal were
only able to muster one hit off of him through their first five times
up to bat.
Finally in the sixth, with the score still 2-0 Kansas, the Stanford
bats came to life. Pinch-hitter Brendan Domaracki got things
started with a line drive single to right. After Taylor reached
on an infield single, Hester came up and smoked a double down the left
field line to score both runners and tie the game at 2-2.
Stanford though was hardly done as a Jed Lowrie walk again put two
runners on and then it was Mayberry, Jr. providing the big hit with a
three-run home run to left - his second round tripper of the season.
Stanford would score two more runs in the inning on a Lewis RBI
fielder's choice and a Taylor sacrifice fly. All total, 12 men
came to the plate in the bottom of the sixth with seven of them coming
home to score.
The Cardinal's final two runs of the nightcap came in the bottom of the
eighth when freshman Jeff Boes singled into left field driving home
Sorgi. For Boes, who came off the bench in this game, it was his
first career hit. Taylor brought home the final run of the
evening for Stanford on a fielder's choice ground out.
Gilmore was done after seven inning tonight as Matt Leva was summoned
from the bullpen to start the eighth. Leva had not allowed a
single run over his first two appearances of the season spanning 6 1/3
innings. He would have to work hard tonight, but was able to
preserve that perfect mark. The Jayhawks loaded the bases with
nobody out in the top of the eighth, but a strike out and a 6-4-3
double play kept Kansas off the scoreboard. Then in the ninth,
Leva was able to pitch around a leadoff single to end the game and give
Stanford a 9-2 victory.
* In the second game, Gilmore allowed just four hits and two runs (one
earned) in his seven innings. He walked two and struck out
six. Over his first three starts, Gilmore boasts a 1.89 ERA and a
.145 opponents average.
* Romanczuk recorded the win in the opener to improve his career record
to 25-6 and 2-1 this season. Like Gilmore, he's holding opponents
to a sub-.200 batting average against with a paltry .190 mark.
* Hester had a big day at the plate in game one finishing 3-for-4 with
a double and two RBI. He also doubled in game two to give him
five two-baggers over the first eight games of the season.
* Rapoport went 3-for-4 with a double in the first game while Lewis hit
his third homer of the season - tying him with Lowrie for the team lead.
* In the nightcap, Sorgi was the only player with a multi-hit game at
* Stanford is a perfect 5-0 at home this season outscoring their
opponents by a combined margin of 43-10.
Kansas 0 0
0 1 0 1 0 0 1 - 3 7 2
Stanford 2 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 x -
7 10 0
WP: Mark Romanczuk (2-1)
LP: Sean Land (0-1)
HR: Kansas - Gus Milner 2 (1, 2); Stanford - Chris Lewis (3)
Kansas 2 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 2 7 4
Stanford 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 2 x -
9 9 2
WP: Jeff Gilmore (2-0)
LP: Clint Schambach (1-1)
HR: Stanford - John Mayberry, Jr. (2)
Records: #6 Stanford (6-2), Kansas (6-2)
* These two teams will play the final game of this three-game series
tomorrow morning at 11:00am. Freshman right-hander Nolan Gallagher (0-1, 1.80) will make his first career start for the Cardinal
while the Jayhawks are expected to counter with lefty Mike Zagurski