Cougars Suffer First Series Sweep of Season Losing 17-3 To No. 2 Stanford
May 2, 2004
STANFORD, Calif. - Washington State suffered its first series sweep of the season when it lost to No. 2 Stanford 17-3 Sunday in a six and a half-inning finale to the three-game Pacific-10 Conference baseball series at Sunken Diamond.
WSU starting pitcher Garrett Alwert (4-2) recorded the loss for the Cougars (23-19, 5-10 Pac-10) after allowing six runs, all earned, and eight hits, including four home runs, in just two innings of work.
Starter Greg Reynolds (3-0) earned the win for the Cardinal (35-6, 10-2 Pac-10) by allowing only three runs, all earned, and three hits while striking out three Cougars in five innings of work.
Seven Stanford players hit eight home runs that accounted for 11 of Stanford's 17 runs and eight of their 13 extra-base hits. Danny Putnam hit two solo shots as Stanford out-hit WSU 19-4.
Stanford took an early 4-0 lead in the second inning with two-run homers from Donny Lucy and Sam Fuld.
In the third inning, John Mayberry Jr., and Putnam hit back-to-back solo shots to score the first two of five Cardinal runs in the inning. Two batters later Chris Cater hit a two-run double to score Lucy and Brian Hall and Carter later scored on a sacrifice fly by Fuld, giving Stanford a 9-0 advantage.
Stanford extended its lead to 14-0 in the fourth with a pair of run scoring doubles and a two-run home run. The first of the five runs came when Lucy doubled down the right field line to score Mayberry. Hall then doubled to drive home Lucy and Putnam and Lewis homered to score Hall.
The Cougars scored all three runs in the fifth with three walks and two singles. Following a pair of walks sandwiched around Zach McAngus' single, Justin McClure scored Jeremy Farrar with a single through the right side. Kaeo Rubin then walked to push home McAngus. Jason Freeman then hit into a fielder's choice ground out that scored Brandon Reddinger.
Stanford's final three runs of the game came off of solo home runs by Putnam in the fifth and Hall and Carter in the sixth.
The game was called following WSU's plate appearance in the top of the seventh inning because of a Pac-10 rule allowing the final game of a conference series to be considered a completed game after seven innings if there is a run margin of 12 or more and both teams agree prior to the game being played.
WSU will resume action Saturday May 8 when it hosts Sacramento State in first of a three-game non-conference series. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. at Bailey-Brayton Field.
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