Cal Baseball Falls to No. 3 Stanford, 9-8
May 9, 2003
BERKELEY, CA - The California baseball team made a valiant effort, coming back from a 6-0 deficit, but still fell to No. 3 ranked Stanford, 9-8, Friday afternoon at Evans Diamond. Cal went to 27-25 overall and 10-12 in the Pac-10. The Cardinal improved to 33-14 and 14-5 in league play.
The Bears lost a heartbreaker to Stanford when Ryan Garko knocked in a two-out RBI single off of reliever Matt Brown (3-7, 1.3 innings, three hits, one run) in the top of the ninth inning, scoring Jonny Ash. Ash had hit a triple off of Brown with one out in the ninth. After Cal's Conor Jackson had reached on a infield single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Cardinal reliever Matt Manship was able earn his sixth save of the year when he got junior catcher Chris Grossman to ground to shortstop, forcing Jackson out at second to end the game.
The winning pitcher for Stanford was reliever Kodiak Quick (3.7 innings, two hits, no runs, no walks, three strikeouts).
After Cal's starting pitcher Jesse Ingram gave up six runs in the top of the first inning, the Bears battled back behind the pitching of freshman Adam Gold, who threw a career-high 6.7 innings with three hits, one unearned run, one walk and one strikeout. Cal's runs came via a RBI double by sophomore first baseman James Holder in the second inning and a wild pitch by Cardinal starter John Hudgins, that allowed senior center fielder Ben Conley to score in the third inning. Junior third baseman Conor Jackson then hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning.
Finally, the Bears were able to take an 8-7 lead on a two-run homer by sophomore left fielder Justin Nelson in the sixth inning. Stanford ended up tying the game, 8-8, in the top of the eighth inning on a two-out triple by Brian Hall, off of Brown.
Both teams had 12 hits, with Jackson (3-for-5, home run, three RBI) and Grossman (3-for-4, double) leading Cal with three hits apiece. Garko and Chris Carter had hit home runs for the Cardinal in Stanford's six-run first inning. Jed Lowrie was 3-for-4 for Stanford as well.
Cal will next Stanford in the second game of the three-game series, Saturday, May 10 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Stanford: Garko, two-run homer in the first inning. Carter, two-run homer in the first inning.
Cal: Jackson, three-run homer in the fifth inning. Nelson, two-run homer in the sixth inning.