Cal Quantrill threw six shutout innings, despite pitching himself into trouble all night, and the Stanford bullpen made it stand, helping the Cardinal beat host Cal State Fullerton, 2-0, in the opener of a three-game nonconference baseball series Friday night.
Stanford (2-3) made the most of its opportunities after two-time All-American pitcher Thomas Eshelman took a perfect game into the seventh inning.
"It was a hard-fought battle," said Quantrill, who walked five batters but made pitches when he needed. "Eshelman was good today. He was perfect going to the seventh, so it was a ton of fun. Good to get a win on Friday. That should help make the weekend a little more fun."
Tommy Edman, who moved to shortstop after two innings because of an injury to Drew Jackson, was Stanford's first base runner when he led off the seventh with a single into left field. He advanced to second on an error, reached third on a sacrifice by Jesse Kuet and scored on a wild pitch.
"He worked for that run," said Quantrill. "Tommy looked good all night. He had to move over to short for Drew Jackson and looked good."
Matt Winaker was the Cardinal's second base runner, though he was on the bases just long enough to touch them all after hitting his first career home run leading off the eighth.
Logan James threw two scoreless innings and Colton Hock earned his first career save by retiring three straight batters in the ninth, after James walked the leadoff hitter.
Quantrill has allowed one run over his first 11 2/3 innings for a 0.77 ERA.
The series continues Saturday at 7 p.m., with Marc Brakeman scheduled to start for Stanford.