March 30, 2003
STANFORD, Calif. - A two-run, no-out homer in the bottom of the ninth from Stanford right fielder Carlos Quentin lifted the eighth-ranked Cardinal to a 12-11 win over No. 24 Washington Sunday at Sunken Diamond as Stanford won the Pac-10 Conference series, two games to one.
Washington had taken an 11-10 lead on a seventh-inning grand slam from freshman center fielder Brent Lillibridge, but couldn't make it hold up in the slugfest.
The Cardinal (18-9 overall, 4-2 in the Pac-10) hadn't scored since the fifth inning, but came through in the ninth. UW sophomore reliever David Dowling (5-2), who also suffered the loss Saturday, walked Brian Hall to lead off the inning and then had Quentin, now 20-for-40 career vs. the UW, behind with an 0-2 count. After taking ball one, Quentin lifted his second homer of the season over the fence in left to send home the majority of the 2,113 fans happy.
Lillibridge, from Everett's Jackson High, also made two spectacular leaping catches in center field, which saved a total of at least two runs. The grand slam, his second career homer, came with the Huskies trailing, 10-7, in the seventh. UW left fielder Mike Wagner hit two homers in the game, his seventh and eighth of the year. Washington fell to 19-9 overall and 1-2 in the conference.
The two teams traded four-run first innings to get the game underway. In the top of the first, the Huskies scored a run on an RBI single from catcher Aaron Hathaway before Wagner belted a three-run homer to stake the Huskies with a 4-0 lead.
Stanford, however, tied the game up with a four-run bottom of the first. With the bases loaded on two singles and a hit batter, Husky starter Trevor Gibson walked Danny Putnam and then hit John Mayberry Jr. with a pitch to force in two runs. An infield single from third baseman Jonny Ash drove in another run and Tobin Swope's sacrifice fly tied the game.
Washington went back on top, 5-4, in the second when Greg Isaacson singled and eventually scored on a Hathaway single. In the third, the Huskies kept the runs coming as Wagner led off the inning by lofting a fly ball barely over the fence and the glove of Quentin in right for Wagner's second homer of the afternoon.
In the fourth, Stanford catcher Ryan Garko belted a three-run homer to give his team a 7-6 lead.
The Huskies tied the game back up quickly. With one out in the fifth, John Otness looped a soft liner to right. Quentin tried to make a diving catch running in, but the ball instead got by and rolled to the fence for a triple. With the infield drawn in, Lillibridge lined a single down the right-field line, sending in Otness to knot the score at 7-7.
Stanford went back in front with a three-run fifth inning. Sam Fuld's triple drove home two runs, and after the bases were loaded once again, Garko reached on a fielder's choice to send home Fuld with the Cardinal's 10th run of the day.
After going down in order in the sixth (the first time in the game for either side), Washington rallied to go back in front in the seventh. With one out, Stanford reliever Matt Manship hit Wagner with a pitch and then surrendered singles to Kyle Larsen and Otness to load the bases for Lillibridge's grand slam.
Freshman reliever Kodiak Quick, who held the Huskies scoreless over the last two innings, picked up the victory to improve to 1-0.
The Huskies return to Seattle for their next four games. Tuesday at 6:30, Washington hosts British Columbia in a 6:30 p.m. exhibition game before Oregon State comes to Husky Ballpark for a three-game Pac-10 series next weekend.
LINESCORE #8 Stanford 12, #24 Washington 11 Washington 411 010 400 -- 11 14 0 Stanford 400 330 002 -- 12 14 1 Trevor Gibson, Matt Kasser (4), Josh Conover (5), David Dowling (7) and Aaron Hathaway. Mark Romanczuk, Matt Manship (4), Kodiak Quick (8) and Ryan Garko. W - Quick (1-0). L - Dowling (5-2). 2B - UW, Greg Isaacson; STAN, Jed Lowrie, Carlos Quentin. 3B - UW, John Otness; STAN, Sam Fuld. HR - UW, Mike Wagner 2 (8), Brent Lillibridge (2); STAN, Garko (6), Quentin (2). T - 3:30. A - 2,113. Records: UW 19-9, 1-2 Pac- 10; STAN 18-9, 4-2 Pac-10.