Stanford suffers through a night to forget in Tallahassee

Justin Ringo, in a pinch hitting role, had to leave the game after injuring his ankle in the top of the eighth inning. He was visibly frustrated. That was Stanford's night in a nutshell.

A fielding error and a pitching collapse opened the way for Florida State to put a big hurt on the Cardinal in the form of a 17-1 victory Friday in the opener of a best-of-three Super Regional in Tallahassee.

Brian Ragira had three hits, Jake Stewart added two hits and Stephen Piscotty drove in the lone Stanford run. AJ Talt maneuvered his way through four outs without giving up a hit or run, striking out two, to highlight mound action.

Stanford (41-17) looks to keep its season alive when Brett Mooneyham takes the mound for Saturday's 3 p.m. (PT) against the Seminoles.

The Cardinal suffered its worst loss in NCAA tournament history, and tied a tournament record for runs allowed, set in motion when Kenny Diekroeger failed to handle a possible double play grounder with the bases loaded and no outs.

Mark Appel carried a 1-0 lead into the fourth inning and allowed six runs before recording the first out of the inning. He allowed seven runs, five earned, on five hits in losing his second game of the season and the first since an early season loss at Fresno State.

Appel also walked four, struck out three and threw a wild pitch. He wasn't alone. The pitching staff allowed a total of 11 hits, walked 12 and hit five batters. No one was immune to this sickness.

Ragira singled in each of his first three at bats before replaced by Christian Griffiths and is now hitting .340 on the year. He's reached base in 14 of his 17 plate appearances in the postseason.

Stewart, who opened the game with a double and scored on Piscotty's single, was 2 for 3 in the contest and has seen his average inch up to .302 on the year. Danny Diekroeger bunted Stewart to third, setting up the lone run.

Mooneyham (7-5) has allowed 13 runs (11 earned) on 14 hits over six innings in his last two games, an ERA of 16.50. That's in stark contrast to his previous two starts, in which he allowed one run on nine hits over 15 1/3 innings, an ERA of 0.59.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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Posted by Jan Claire
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 8, 2012 at 9:46 pm

What in THEE HELL was Stanford's coach doing with his time this afternoon? 17 to 1 isn't a baseball game. That's abysmal. He couldn't have been watching the game, could he? Naaa. He COULDN'T watch. That was an embarassing rout to end all.

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