Feb. 9, 2003
Stanford, Calif. (www.gostanford.com) – No. 4 Florida State (5-1) scored twice in the top of the 12th inning for a 10-8 victory over No. 3 Stanford (3-5) on Sunday at Sunken Diamond to win the deciding game of a three-game series. Tony Richie broke an 8-8 tie when he hit a one-out solo homer over the left field fence on a 1-0 pitch from losing pitcher David O’Hagan (0-1) and the Seminoles added another run in the inning on a two-out RBI single from Daniel Wardell for the final margin. Daniel Hodges (1-0), the seventh Florida State pitcher of the game, earned the victory by holding Stanford scoreless on four hits over the final 4.0 innings.
Stanford brought the tying run to the plate twice in the bottom of the 12th inning. The Cardinal put runners on first and second with one out when Jed Lowrie doubled and Sam Fuld reached on an error by Florida State shortstop Bryan Zech. Brian Hall then beat out a potential game-ending double play ball to leave the Cardinal with runners on first and third and two outs. After the first pitch to Carlos Quentin, Hall was caught in a rundown when Richie threw behind him at first base. Hall forced four Seminole throws during the rundown and appeared to get back into first base safely when Brown dropped the fourth throw but runner’s interference was ruled on the play for the final out of the game.
Stanford had a 22-game home series win streak snapped and lost two in a row at Sunken Diamond for the first time since Fresno State beat the Cardinal two straight games January 30-31, 1999. The last time Stanford dropped a series at Sunken Diamond was when USC won two-of-three games over the Cardinal April 16-18, 1999. Stanford has dropped five of six overall.
“The teams we play on our preseason schedule are good,” said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess about his team’s sixth straight game against a ranked opponent. “If we don’t play well against teams like these, we can get beat. But, there were some positive things today. We swung the bats much better than we have been. We had a couple of chances to win the game, but it just didn’t happen. That’s unfortunate, but that’s baseball. Florida State got a couple of big swings of the bat and that was the difference today.”
Tobin Swope (4-6, RBI) had four hits for the Cardinal, while Ryan Garko (3-4, HR, 4 RBI) homered for the first time this season and tied a career-high four RBI. Carlos Quentin (2-5, 2 RBI), Fuld (2-5) and Danny Putnam (2-6) added two hits each for Stanford.
Swope finished the three-game series 9-for-16 (.562) with three RBI and a stolen base. O’Hagan struck out a career-high eight batters in 3.2 innings as the fifth of Stanford’s six pitchers.
“We’re disappointed,” said Hall. “We had a lot of chances to win the game, but we’re just going to have to keep working at.”
Stanford left 12 runners on base, while the Seminoles stranded eight.
“A lot of little mistakes are adding up and costing us,” added Garko.
The game lasted four hours and 18 minutes and was played before a season-high home crowd of 2396.