Cal Baseball Loses at Stanford, 8-4
May 3, 2002
STANFORD, CA - The Cal baseball team played No. 9 ranked Stanford even through four innings before falling 8-4 Friday night at Sunken Diamond. The Bears, who have lost five games in a row, go to 26-24 overall and 8-11 in the Pac-10, while the Cardinal improve to 30-13 and 7-6 in conference.
Cal came out swinging the bat well against Stanford starter Jeremy Guthrie (7-1, 9.0 innings, six hits, three earned runs, three walks, 10 strikeouts), scoring a run in the top of the first on an RBI single by sophomore first baseman Conor Jackson. The Cardinal countered with a run in the bottom of the first on a solo home run by Sam Fuld off of Bear starter Joe Todoroff (3.0 innings, four hits, four runs, one walk, one strikeout).
Cal added a run in the top of the second on an RBI double by sophomore right fielder Brian Horwitz, Again Stanford came back, scoring three runs in the bottom of the third on an RBI double by Ryan Garko and a two-run homer by Carlos Quentin off of Todoroff.
But the Bears were able to battle back from the 4-2 deficit, scoring two runs in the top of the fourth on a two-run triple by Horwitz to deep center field. Unfortunately for Cal, senior reliever Matt Payne (3-2, 2.3 innings, five hits, three runs, one walk, two strikeouts) yielded two runs in the bottom of fifth on an RBI double by Jason Cooper and an RBI single by Quentin. Payne also gave up a run in the sixth on an RBI single by Fuld. Stanford added a run in the eighth on a balk call against Bear reliever Travis Talbott.
Meanwhile, Guthrie settled down and did not allow another Cal hit after Horwitz's triple in the fourth inning until Horwitz had a bunt single in the ninth inning. Horwitz finished the evening 3-for-4 with three RBI, while freshman third baseman David Nicholson was 2-for-2 with two runs scored for the Bears.
The Bears will next play the second game of the three-game Pac-10 series at Stanford, Saturday, May 4 at 1 p.m. at Sunken Diamond.
Stanford: Fuld, solo home run in the first inning. Quentin, two-run home run in the third inning.