No. 6 Stanford Wins Opener Of Doubleheader Over Fresno State, 7-0
Jan. 30, 2005
Stanford, Calif. - Jed Lowrie (3-3, 2 HR, 4 RBI) hit a pair of two-run homers to lead No. 6 Stanford (2-0) to a 7-0 shutout victory over Fresno State (0-2) in the opener of a non-conference doubleheader at Sunken Diamond on Sunday. Jeff Gilmore and Nolan Gallagher combined on a five-hitter, striking out nine and not walking a batter. Gilmore (1-0) picked up the win by striking out six in 6.0 innings of two-hit work before Gallagher came on to earn his first collegiate save, striking out three and scattering three hits over the final 3.0 frames.
Minaker improved to 7-for-9 (.778) over the first two games of the season. Lowrie, a National Player of the Year candidate and First Team Preseason All-American, has three homers, six RBI and is hitting .571 (4-7) over the team's first two contests.
The victory was Stanford's fourth in a row versus Fresno State and its fifth straight versus the Bulldogs at Sunken Diamond. The win also assured Stanford of its 11th consecutive regular season series victory at Sunken Diamond.
Fresno State's David Gomez (3-4, 3 2B) had three doubles to lead the Bulldogs offense, which has not scored in 17 consecutive innings versus the Cardinal after picking up a single run in the first inning of Saturday's season-opener.
Ryan Penn (0-1) suffered the loss in his first career start for the Bulldogs, allowing three runs and five hits with three strikeouts over the first 5.0 frames.
Stanford got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning when Lowrie popped his first home run of the game, a two-run shot over the right field wall that also scored Minaker, who had singled just in front of him.
The Cardinal added another run in the bottom of the third to take a 3-0 lead, loading the bases with no outs when Minaker and Mayberry were hit by pitches to sandwich a single by Lowrie. John Hester brought home Minaker with an RBI groundout but the Bulldogs got out of the inning without any further damage when Penn retired Jim Rapoport on a groundout and struck out Michael Taylor.
Lowrie struck again in the Cardinal seventh when he drilled another two-run shot over the right field to cap a three-run Stanford rally and give the Cardinal a 6-0 lead. Minaker, who had an RBI single to plate Adam Sorgi earlier in the inning, also scored on Lowrie's second homer. Ben Summerhays had left off the inning with a single but after advancing to second on a balk by Chuck Fick, pinch-runner Brendan Domaracki was picked off second base by Bulldog catcher Ryan Overland. Sorgi then walked to restart the rally, moved to second on groundout by Chris Lewis and scored on Minaker's RBI single.
Stanford closed out the game's scoring in the eighth on an RBI single by Sorgi to score Rapoport, who had led off the inning with a walk, moved to second when Taylor reached on an error by Fresno State shortstop Christian Vitters and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Domaracki.
The teams conclude their season-opening series with the second game of Sunday's doubleheader. Greg Reynolds is slated to make the start in game two for Stanford, while Fresno State is expected to go with Matt Garza in the nightcap.
Stanford will travel to defending national champion and third-ranked Cal State Fullerton for the Titans season-opening series next Friday-Sunday, February 4-6 (7 pm, 6 pm, 1 pm, PT).
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