Cal Baseball Loses to No. 1 Ranked Stanford, 15-4
March 8, 2002
BERKELEY, CA - The Cal baseball team held a 4-0 lead over top ranked Stanford for six innings, but gave up a total of 15 runs in the seventh and eighth innings to lose 15-4 Friday at Evans Diamond. The Bears fall to 12-8 on the year, while the Cardinal improve to 13-4.
Jason Cooper was Stanford's hitting star, going 5-for-5 with a solo home run in the seventh inning and a three-run homer in the eighth inning. Sam Fuld, Ryan Garko, Carlos Quentin and Scott Dragicevich had two hits apiece for the Cardinal, with Garko hitting a three-run homer and Quentin a two-run homer in the Stanford's seven-run seventh inning. The winning pitcher for the Cardinal was junior Jeremy Guthrie, who threw 7.0 innings with five hits, four runs, three walks and six strikeouts.
The scoring outburst by Stanford ruined an outstanding pitching effort by Cal starter Trevor Hutchinson (4-2, 6.3 innings, seven hits, five earned runs, one walk, six strikeouts), who threw to the minimum number of Cardinal batters through six innings. Unfortunately for the Bears there was an error on a potential double play by Cal second baseman Carson White that seemed to open up the flood gates for the Stanford batters in the seventh inning.
The Bears jumped out to their 4-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when junior catcher John Baker scored on a passed by Cardinal catcher Garko. Junior left fielder Ben Conley later hit a three-run homer down the left field line off of Guthrie to give Cal its early advantage. Sophomore Brian Horwitz had a pair of hits with a double for the Bears.
Cal next host No. 1 ranked Stanford in the second game of the three-game series, Saturday Mar. 9 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Stanford: Garko, three-run home run in the seventh. Cooper, solo home run in the seventh. Quentin, two-run home run in the seventh. Cooper, three-run home run in the eighth.
Cal: Conley, three-run home run in the fourth inning.