Cal Baseball Falls at No. 9 Stanford, 3-1
March 2, 2001
STANFORD, CA - The California baseball team lost a tightly contested 3-1 pitching dual to No. 9 ranked Stanford, Friday night at Sunken Diamond. The Bears fall to 9-5 on the season, while the Cardinal improves to 14-4 overall. It was the first game of a three-game non-conference series between the Bay Area rivals.
Stanford was led by the pitching of sophomore right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (4-0), who went 8.0 innings with four hits, one run, four walks and a season-high 10 strikeouts. Cal countered with junior right-hander Trevor Hutchinson (2-2), who pitched 6.0 innings with five hits, three runs, five walks and five strikeouts.
The Cardinal struck first with a run in the fifth inning on an RBI groundout by Chris O'Riordan, scoring Darrin Naatjes, who had led off the inning with a walk, advanced to second on a single by Carlos Quentin and went to third on a sacrifice bunt. The Bears tied the game, 1-1, in the top of the sixth when freshman left fielder Brian Horwitz led off with a single up the middle, was sacrificed to second, and then scored on a ball hit by Clint Hoover that when off third baseman Andy Tophan's glove.
Unfortunately for Cal, Stanford won the game by scoring twice off of Hutchinson in the bottom of the sixth on RBI singles by Scott Dragicevich and Quentin. The Bears, despite having runners in scoring position in both the eighth and ninth innings, were not able to score. Cal's Brad Smith hit a two-out double and pinch hitter Derek Ayres walked against Guthrie in the eighth, before Guthrie struck out Hoover to end the inning. In the ninth, Guthrie walked Conor Jackson to lead off the inning before being relieved by Mike Wodnicki. Wodnicki then proceeded to hit designated hitter John Baker to put runners on first and second. After a sacrifice bunt gave the Bears runners on second and third, Wodnicki was able to strikeout pinch hitter Spencer Wyman and got pinch hitter James Holder to foul out to first base to end the game.
Cal freshman right-hander Matt Brown did a nice job of relieving Hutchinson in the seventh inning and keeping the Bears in the game, pitching 2.0 innings with no hits, no runs, no walks and three strikeouts.
Cal will next face Stanford in the second game of the three-game non-conference series, Saturday, Mar. 3 at 1 p.m. at Sunken Diamond.
Home Runs:Cal: None.