Cal Baseball Upsets No. 3 Ranked Stanford, 7-4
April 27, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - Behind a complete-game from junior right-hander Trevor Hutchinson and home runs by sophomores Brad Smith and Ben Conley in the sixth inning, Cal upset No. 3 ranked Stanford, 7-4, Friday at Evans Diamond. The Bears improve to 25-21 overall and 10-9 in the Pac-10, while the Cardinal fall to 33-11, 11-5 in conference.
Hutchinson (4-6), whose older brother, Chad, was a quarterback and star pitcher at Stanford, threw his second complete game on the season with seven hits, two earned runs, only one walk and 10 strikeouts. He out-dueled the Cardinal's No. 1 starter Jeremy Guthrie (7.0 innings, eight hits, five earned runs, one walk, 11 strikeouts).
Stanford struck first with two runs in the top of the first on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Garko and an error by Cal catcher John Baker that allowed Chris O'Riordan to score. Cal responded by scoring three times in the bottom of the first. Conley led off the inning with a double and scored on an RBI single to right by Conor Jackson. Later in the inning, Clint Hoover had a fielder's choice RBI, scoring Jackson, and an errant throw on a double play attempt scored Brian Horwitz.
The Cardinal tied the game, 3-3, in the second on an RBI single by O'Riordan and then took a 4-3 lead in the fourth on a throwing error by the Bears Jackson. Cal was able to take control of the game in the sixth when Smith hit a two-run homer to right center field off the scoreboard and later Conley hit a solo shot to left field. It was the second career homer for both Smith and Conley. The Bears added an insurance run in the eighth inning on an RBI single to center field by freshman shortstop Jeff Dragicevich. Dragicevich's brother, Scott, is Stanford's starting shortstop.
Conley finished the game 3-for-4 with a double and a home run and is now on an eight-game hitting streak. Junior Carson White was 2-for-4 with a double and extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Top hitter for the Cardinal was O'Riordan (2-for-5, RBI).
The Bears will next host Stanford in the second game of the three-game Pac-10 series Saturday, Apr. 28 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Cal: Smith, two-run homer in the sixth inning. Conley, solo home run in the sixth inning.