Quantrill delivers four-hitter in Cardinal win over Kansas

Cal Quantrill must be a quick learner. After getting roughed up in his first four starts, the freshman right-hander came out firing all on all cylinders Sunday, pitching a four-hitter as the Stanford baseball team beat Kansas, 1-0, in a nonconference game.

The son of former major league pitcher Paul Quantrill displayed command of the strike zone in a dominating effort. He walked two and struck out seven in giving the Cardinal (7-8) its first series win of the year and its first shutout since last March.

"I thought he got stronger as the game went on," Cardinal coach Mark Marquess said. "I thought he was stronger in the last three or four innings than the first five or six."

Quantrill (2-2) stranded seven runners, three in the first inning.

"He always battles," Marquess said. "The first inning they had that chance, they got the bases loaded when he walked a guy and they got a hit. After that he settled in and did a great job."

Quantrill pitched his way out of the first inning jam, starting a streak of retiring 10 straight.

Stanford provided as much run support as necessary on a two-RBI single from Alex Dunlap in the bottom of the fourth.

Danny Diekroeger, who had two hits, singled to start the frame and advanced to second on a ground out. Dunlap smacked a 0-1 offering back up the middle to plate Diekroeger.

Dunlap's single was one of four on the day for the Cardinal.

Duncan (2-1) threw eight innings for the Jayhawks, while allowing the four hits and one earned run. He struck out four and walked one.

Kansas threatened in the ninth inning, after Dakota Smith singled to lead off. He reached third base with two outs, but Quantrill got Ka'iana Eldredge to roll over a ground ball to third to finish the shutout.

The Cardinal returns to Klein Field at Sunken Diamond March 20-22 for a three-game set against USC. Stanford takes a 12-day break from games due to its exam period.

Notes: Kansas entered the series ranked in the nation's top ten in batting average (No. 5), hits (No. 6), runs (No. 3), scoring (No. 8) and slugging percentage (No. 6) … Quantrill threw Stanford's first shutout since Mark Appel blanked Washington State, 3-0, March 28, 2012 … Austin Slater had his career-best hitting streak stopped at 10 games … Diekroeger has reached safely in nine straight games and has a four-game hitting streak.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics


There are no comments yet. Please share yours below.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Cherries and Berries
By Laura Stec | 3 comments | 1,437 views

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength . . .
By Chandrama Anderson | 2 comments | 822 views

Meeting Other New Parents
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 617 views


One more week to vote!

Don't forget to cast your ballot online. Voting ends May 29th. Stay tuned for the results in the July 21st issue of the Palo Alto Weekly.