Walsh's Slam Gives Cardinal 4-0 Start

Feb. 24, 2010

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STANFORD, Calif.-- Junior Colin Walsh picked a good time for his first career home run, as his grand slam in the sixth gave No. 18-ranked Stanford (4-0) the lead for good in an 11-6 victory over visiting Pacific (2-2) on Wednesday evening.

The all-conference second baseman and returning starter at second base was playing in his 91st game in a Cardinal uniform.

The game saw five lead changes thru six innings when Walsh connected on his slam to right field to make it 8-5. Pacific had led 2-0, 3-2 and 5-4, while the Cardinal had led 4-3 previously in the fifth.

Brian Busick (1-0) got the win with a scoreless sixth, surrendering the go-ahead sacrifice fly to make it 5-4, while John Prato Matthews (0-1) got the loss after not being able to hold the lead in the bottom of the inning.

Cardinal freshman Stephen Piscotty drove in two runs and scored a key run, while classmate Kenny Diekroeger had two doubles and in infield single.

Piscotty's smart base running led to the fifth inning lead, as following a run scoring error, the freshman scored from second, beating catcher Joe Oliveira back to home following a throwing error from left.

Piscotty had tied the game at 2-2 in the third on a two-run single.

Zach Jones' second home run of the season, a three-run shot in the eighth, put the contest out of reach at 11-5.

Tonight's game was originally scheduled for Tuesday and was moved to Wednesday due to the rain.

The Cardinal head to Austin this weekend for a three-game series starting on Friday at 1 p.m. PT at the No. 3-ranked University of Texas (2-2). The Longhorns evened its record to 2-2 following a 7-2 victory over Dallas Baptist earlier today.

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