Dean McArdle is undefeated, everyone! He came pretty close yesterday, though.
McArdle couldn’t escape the first inning, giving up four runs and being chased from the game. A.J. Vanegas took over for him and pitched a solid 4.1 innings – a career-best – to keep the Card in it. They ended up getting McArdle off the hook, picking up one run in the second and four runs in the third, and adding one in the sixth to answer an LBSU score in that inning. Therefore, they won 6-5 and it was good. The winning pitcher was Scott Snodgress, who relieved Vanegas and threw 1.1 innings, and Chris Reed followed him to seal the deal.
Stanford’s offensive star of the game was actually LBSU’s third baseman Michael Hill, who made two timely errors that ended up allowing quite a few runs for the Cardinal. Stephen Piscotty also had a two-run single in the third to kick off the four-run rally.
Stanford plays next against Saint Mary’s on Tuesday at Sunken before heading off to Washington State to kick off Pac-10 play. Stuff’s about to get real.