No. 7 Baseball Rallies For 11-10 Win Over Cal Poly
May 8, 2001
Stanford, Calif. - Freshman Jonny Ash drew a bases loaded walk on a 3-1 pitch with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift No. 7 Stanford (36-13) to a come-from-behind 11-10 victory over Cal Poly (28-21) in a non-conference game at Sunken Diamond on Tuesday. Freshman Carlos Quentin (3-4) hit a pair of homers and drove in four runs, including an RBI single in the ninth inning to tie the game. Quentin became the first Cardinal to homer twice in a contest this season. Chris O'Riordan (3-4, 2B, HR, RBI) also had a solo homer in the bottom of the fifth inning and scored four runs. O'Riordan and Quentin are tied for the team lead in homers this year with nine each. Ryan Garko (3-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI), Jason Cooper (2-4, RBI) and Sam Fuld (2-5) also had multiple-hit games for the Cardinal. J.D. Willcox (3-0) earned the victory, holding the Mustangs scoreless in the final three innings after giving up a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning. Cal Poly reliever Nathan Choate (4-2) gave up a pair of runs in the final 1.1 innings to suffer the loss.
'This was a good victory for us,' said a pleased Stanford head coach Mark Marquess following his team's first victory this season in a game the Cardinal trailed after eight innings. 'I liked the way we came back and swung the bats tonight.'
O'Riordan walked to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning and advanced to second base on a passed ball by Keith Anderson. O'Riordan then moved to third when Garko doubled off the glove of a sprinting Billy Saul near the leftcenter field fence. Cooper then drew an intentional walk to load the bases for Quentin, who hit a bloop single into right field on a 1-2 pitch to the game and set up Ash's game-winning walk.
Stanford trailed 10-7 before Quentin hit a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning. The Cardinal added a run on an RBI groundout by Brian Hall to cut Cal Poly's lead to 10-9.
Cal Poly's Kyle Wilson was 3-for-5 with a double and five RBI, while Bryan Gant was 4-for-5.
Stanford, currently 1.0 game behind USC in the Pac-10 standings with six conference games remaining for both teams, will visit USF in its final non-conference regular season game of the year on Wednesday. The Cardinal return to Pac-10 action by hosting Arizona in a three-game series this Friday-Sunday, May 11-13 (6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm). Friday's game will be followed by the 3rd Annual Stanford Baseball Fireworks Show presented by the Palo Alto Town & Country Village. Sunday's regular season home finale will double as Fan Appreciation Day and Little League Day.