Cal Baseball (10-5) Upsets No. 9 Stanford, 3-2
March 3, 2001
STANFORD, CA - Freshman left fielder Brian Horwitz hit an RBI single to center field off of Stanford reliever Mike Wodnicki in the top of the ninth, scoring pinch runner Nick Medrano and helping Cal to a 3-2 victory over the No. 9 ranked Cardinal Saturday afternoon at Sunken Diamond. The Bears improve to 10-5 on the season, while Stanford, previous winners of five straight games, fell to 14-5 overall.
The Cardinal won the first game of the three-game non-conference series, 3-1, Friday night.
Besides Horwitz game-winning hit, Cal received some strong pitching from starter Ryan Atkinson and relievers Brian Montalbo, Ryan Lubner, David Cash and finally freshman Matt Brown. Stanford had the bases loaded in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, but were unable to score the winning run. In the ninth, Brown earned his second save of the season when he came in with the bases loaded and was able to strike out pinch hitter Mario Garza and get Andy Topham to ground out to second.
Cash (4-1, 1.7 innings, four hits, one run, three walks, two strikeouts) ended up getting the win, improving his career record at Cal to 17-5. He twice got out of bases loaded situations, striking out Ryan Garko in the seventh inning, a despite giving up a solo home run to tie the game in the eighth, got Jason VanMeetren to fly out to center with the bases full.
Atkinson threw well, going 4.0 innings with one hit, no runs, one walk and two strikeouts. Freshman Montalbo replaced Atkinson in the fifth (2.0 innings, three hits, one run, one walk), followed by Lubner (0.7 inning, no hits, two walks, one strikeout) and Cash in the seventh. It was the second straight strong outing for Brown against Stanford, as he pitched 2.0 innings with no hits, no runs, no walks and three strikeouts Friday versus Stanford
The Bears out hit the Cardinal, 10 to nine, with sophomore John Baker and senior Rob Meyer collecting two hits apiece. Baker had a key lead-off single in the top of the ninth. Meyer had a sacrifice fly in the second inning and freshman Jeff Dragicevich, playing against his brother Scott (Stanford shortstop) had an RBI single in the seventh inning.
'We pitched big in big spots today,' said Cal coach David Esquer, who played at Stanford from 1984-87. 'It wasn't easy, but I think we are starting to learn how to win. We are still having to win with our pitching and defense. We have to play better offensively, but that will come.'
Cal will next face Stanford in the third game of the three-game non-conference series, Sunday, Mar. 3 at 1 p.m. at Sunken Diamond.
Home Runs:Cal: None.
Stanford: Carlos Quentin, solo homer in the eighth.