Cal Baseball Falls to Stanford, 13-6
May 4, 2002
STANFORD, CA - For the second day in a row, the Cal baseball team played No. 9 ranked Stanford well early in the game but fell apart in the later innings, losing 13-6 Saturday at Sunken Diamond. The Bears, who have lost six games in a row, go to 26-25 overall and 8-12 in the Pac-10, while the Cardinal improve to 31-13 and 8-6 in conference. Cal lost to Stanford, 8-4, Friday night
The Bears were sailing along with a 4-0 lead after five innings. Offensively, Cal scored a run in the fourth inning on a Carson White solo home run. The Bears added three runs in the fifth on an RBI single up the middle by Matt Einspahr, a two-run double by Jeff Dragicevich and an RBI ground out by Nick Medrano off of Stanford starter Tim Cunningham.
On the mound, Cal was receiving an outstanding performance from senior right-hander Trevor Hutchinson (7-5, 7.0 innings, nine hits, seven runs, four walks, four strikeouts). Through the first four innings, Hutchinson had shutdown the Cardinal. Then in the bottom of the sixth things fell apart for the Bears when Hutchinson gave up a three-run homer to Ryan Garko and a grand slam to Scott Dragicevich (older brother of Jeff).
Trailing 7-4, Cal was able to score two runs in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Conor Jackson and a bases loaded walk by Brian Horwitz to make the score 7-6. That was as close as the Bears would get as Stanford scored six runs against three Cal pitchers in the bottom of the ninth.
The winning pitcher for the Cardinal was reliever Ryan McCally (4-2, 2.0 innings, no hits, two runs, two walks, three strikeouts). Dan Rich (3.0 innings, one hit, no runs, three walks, three strikeouts) earned his second save of the season.
The Bears will next play the third game of the three-game Pac-10 series at Stanford, Sunday, May 5 at 1 p.m. at Sunken Diamond.
Cal: White, solo home run in the fourth inning.
Stanford: Garko, three-run homer in the sixth. Dragicevich, grand slam in the sixth.