No. 6 Stanford Drops Second Straight At No. 3 Cal State Fullerton, 4-3
Feb. 5, 2005
Fullerton, Calif. - No. 6 Stanford (3-2) dropped its second straight squeaker on Saturday with a 4-3 loss against defending national champions and No. 3 Cal State Fullerton (2-0) in a non-conference game at Goodwin Field. John Curtis' bases loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning snapped a 3-3 tie and brought home Brett Pill with the game-winning run. Four Titan pitchers held the Cardinal to just three hits for the second consecutive contest. One of Stanford's hits was a tape-measure solo homer by John Mayberry, Jr. to lead off the Cardinal fourth.
'It has been a combination of Cal State Fullerton pitching very well and us not swing the bats that well,' explained Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'Hopefully, we will be able to improve offensively tomorrow.'
Ryan Schreppel (1-0) picked up the victory for the Titans by scattering three runs (two earned) and three hits with two walks and four strikeouts over the first 6.0 frames. Brian Stevens got a pair of outs and Lauren Gagnier recorded four more (two strikeouts) to keep the Cardinal off the scoreboard in the seventh and eighth innings, before Vinnie Pestano worked a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his first save of the season.
Stanford starter Jeff Gilmore battled Schreppel to a 3-3 tie with his 6.0 innings of work, also giving up three runs on four hits with one walk and four strikeouts in a no-decision outing. Nolan Gallagher (0-1) started the seventh inning for the Cardinal and took his first collegiate loss by allowing the Titans' seventh inning run. He walked Pill to lead off the seventh before giving up a single to Ronnie Prettyman and hitting Bobby Andrews to load the bases with no outs, setting up Curtis' game-winning sacrifice fly.
Stanford and Cal State Fullerton conclude the series on Sunday (1 pm, PT). RHP Greg Reynolds (0-0, 8.10) is scheduled to start for the Cardinal versus Cal State Fullerton LHP Scott Sarver (0-0, 0.00).
A full recap will follow.