No. 1 Stanford Hits Three More Homers In 7-2 Win Over San Jose State

May 4, 2004

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    Stanford, Calif. - Jed Lowrie, Chris Lewis and John Mayberry, Jr. all homered to lift No. 1 Stanford (36-6) to its fifth straight victory by a score of 7-2 over San Jose State (19-26-1) in a non-conference game at Sunken Diamond on Tuesday. Danny Putnam (2-4, SB) was the only Cardinal with more than one hit but the other eight starters all added one each to give the Cardinal a double-digit hit game for the 34th occasion this season the 17th time in its last 18 games. Lowrie and Mayberry both had a pair of RBI with two-run shots. Lowrie's home run was his Pac-10 leading 15th, while he increased his league-high RBI total to 56 and extended his hit streak to 10. Mayberry's home run was his 12th of the season and Lewis went deep for the third time this year.

    Stanford has won 12 of its last 13 games overall and extended its home win streak to 14 as the Cardinal also improved to 21-1 at Sunken Diamond this season and won for the 30th time in the last 31 games at home. Stanford has a 59-10 overall record in its last 69 games going back to May 5, 2003. In addition, the Cardinal has won four in a row against San Jose State and swept the Spartans in a two-game season series for the second consecutive year.

    The three homers by the Cardinal increased its season total to 74 as Stanford continues its run at the school record of 102 set by the 1997 club. Stanford now has 15 homers in its last four games as the Cardinal was coming off a season-high eight long balls in its previous game, a 17-3 win over Washington State on May 2. Stanford has homered at least once in 33 of its 42 games this season.

    Matt Leva, the first of seven Stanford pitchers that held the Spartans to two runs and four hits, improved to 4-0 by allowing just one unearned run and one hit over the first 3.0 innings. Kodiak Quick (1.0 IP, 1 SO), Drew Ehrlich (0.1 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB), Jeff Stimpson (1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 SO), Mark Jecmen (1.0 IP, 2 BB, 2 SO), Blake Holler (1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 SO) and Matt Manship (1.0 IP) also pitched for the Cardinal.

    'We wanted to pitch a lot of guys, and we were able to do that,' said Marquess. 'It was a well-pitched game by all of our guys.'

    'Everything was working pretty well for me tonight,' added Leva.

    Josh Lansford (2-4) had half of San Jose State's four hits.

    Spartan starter Jose Amaya (1-5) took the loss, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts over the first 4.0 innings.

    Stanford jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Chris Minaker singled with one out and Lowrie followed with his two-run homer over the right field wall.

    San Jose State cut the Cardinal lead in half in the top of the third, scoring an unearned run when Ryan Angel walked and scampered all the way to third base when Lowrie failed to catch a throw by Lewis from third base on a potential double ball for only his seventh error of the season, leaving the Spartans with runners on the corners and no outs. Kevin Frandsen then hit into a double play but Angel came home on the play.

    The Cardinal answered with two runs in the fourth. Carter led off with a double and scored on Lewis' long one-out homer over the scoreboard behind the left field fence two batters later.

    San Jose State stayed close with another run in the fifth. Angel was hit by a pitch and Justin Santich-Hughes drew a walk off Ehrlich before he was replaced by Stimpson, who was greeted by Frandsen with an RBI single to Angel with his second run of the contest.

    Stanford came back with a run in the sixth to increase its lead to 5-2 when Brian Hall tripled to lead off the inning and scored on a two-out single from Sam Fuld.

    Mayberry gave the Cardinal two more insurance runs and finished off the game's scoring in the seventh with his two-run homer that also scored Putnam, who had singled prior to Mayberry's long ball.

    'We're definitely a threat from top to bottom in the lineup, and that puts a lot of pressure on opposing pitchers,' said Mayberry.

    San Jose State left eight runners on base, while the Cardinal stranded six.

    Stanford did commit a pair of errors but maintained its .975 fielding percentage that is just two percentage points shy of the school record .977 mark set by the 2001 club. Stanford also kept its team batting average at a season-high-tying .336, which is just one percentage point behind the school record .337 mark posted by the 1981 team. In addition, Stanford improved its team ERA to 3.91. The Cardinal leads the Pac-10 in all three categories.

    Stanford is averaging 9.3 runs per game and has more than doubled the run total of its opponents (390-181) as the Cardinal won by three or more runs for the 30th time this season and improved to 21-0 in games decided by five or more runs.

    Fuld (1-5, RBI) picked up another hit to move his career total to 336, closing to within 32 hits of all-time Stanford and Pac-10 record holder John Gall (368, 1997-2000). Fuld is already Stanford's all-time leader for runs scored (254), while also ranking among on the school's all-time lists in at bats (999, #2), triples (16, #3T), doubles (58, #6T) and games played (242, #7). He has played in 235 consecutive Stanford games with 152 straight starts.

    Stanford leads the Pac-10 by one and a half games over No. 21 Washington (26-14-1, 10-5 Pac-10) and will next travel to face the Huskies in a key Pac-10 series this Friday-Sunday, May 7-9 (6:30 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm, PDT). Saturday's game against the Huskies will be televised live on FOX Sports Northwest.

    Tickets are available for all 2004 regular season Stanford Baseball home games online at gostanford.com or by calling 1-800-STANFORD.

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