Cal Baseball Loses to No. 7 Stanford, 9-4
March 8, 2003
STANFORD, CA - The Cal baseball team fell behind early and then failed to take advantage of opportunities, losing to No. 7 ranked Stanford, 9-4, Saturday at Sunken Diamond. The Bears go to 11-7 overall, while the Cardinal improved to 13-7. Stanford had won the first game of the three-game non-conference series, 11-2, Friday night.
Cal left 11 runners on base and struck out 11 times against four Cardinal pitchers. Stanford had scored five times in the first five innings off of Bear starter Brian Montalbo (2-1, 5.7 innings, seven runs, five earned runs, five walks, four strikeouts), but Cal still threatened. The Bears scored a run in the fourth inning on a RBI double by junior third baseman Jeff Dragicevich, and later scored two runs in the sixth inning on a RBI triple by sophomore left fielder Justin Nelson and a sacrifice fly to center by Dragicevich to get within 5-3.
But the Cardinal were able to tack on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning when San Fuld hit a two-out, 0-2 pitch for a two-run single off of Cal reliever Travis Talbott to make the score 7-3. The Bears had another opportunity to score more runs in the top of the seventh after a Nelson bases loaded walk scored a run. With the bases full and only one out, Stanford reliever Matt Manship was able to get Dragicevich to strikeout and David Nicholson to ground out to the pitcher to end the inning.
The Cardinal added two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth for the final 9-4 margin. The winning pitcher for Stanford was senior right-hander Ryan McCally (5.7 innings, seven hits, three runs, three walks, six strikeouts) and Kodiak Quick had his first save of the year (2.0 innings, no hits, no runs, no walks, four strikeouts). Top hitters for Cal were junior catcher Chris Grossman, who went 2-for-5 with a double, and Nelson, who was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI.
The Bears will next play the third game of the three-game series at Stanford, Sunday, Mar. 9 at 1 p.m. at Sunken Diamond.