Cal Baseball Loses at No. 7 Stanford, 11-2
March 7, 2003
STANFORD, CA - Plagued by sloppy defense and a complete game from Stanford starter John Hudgins, the Cal baseball team fell to the No. 7 ranked Cardinal, 11-2, Friday night in the first game of a three-game non-conference series at Sunken Diamond. The Bears go to 11-6 overall, while Stanford improves to 12-7.
Cal made three errors and was not able to get enough timely hits as the Bears fell to Cardinal for the sixth time in the last seven meetings. After Stanford had scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning off of Bear starter Matt Brown (1-2, 4.0 innings, six hits, seven runs, four earned runs, two walks, three strikeouts), Cal tied the game, 2-2, on a two-run homer by junior designated hitter Chris Grossman. It was Grossman's third home run of the year. He also added a single in the eighth inning.
However, 2-2, was as close as the game would get for the Bears. Stanford scored an unearned run in the second, added another run in the third and then blew the game open with three runs in the fourth when a two-out pop-up was not caught in the infield.
Hudgins improved his record to 4-1 by pitching 9.0 innings with seven hits, two runs, two walks and nine strikeouts. Freshman first baseman John Mayberry, Jr. led the Cardinal at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a double, a triple and three RBI. Besides Grossman's two hits, David Nicholson, Allen Craig (double), Jeremy Burchett, James Holder and Justin Nelson recorded a hit apiece for Cal. Both teams left eight runners on base.
The Bears will next play the second game of the three-game series at Stanford, Saturday, Mar. 8 at 1 p.m. at Sunken Diamond.
Cal: Grossman, two-run homer in the second inning.