Cal Baseball Falls to No. 3 Stanford, 6-4
May 10, 2003
BERKELEY, CA - The California baseball team lost its second straight frustrating game to No. 3 ranked Stanford, giving up four runs in the top of the ninth inning to lose 6-4 Saturday afternoon at Evans Diamond. Cal fell to 27-26 overall and 10-13 in the Pac-10. The Cardinal improved to 34-14 and 15-5 in league play. The Bears lost to Stanford, 9-8, Friday.
Cal owned a 4-2 lead entering the top of the ninth inning. Jed Lowrie led off the ninth against the Bears' starter Brian Montalbo with a bad hop double that got past first baseman Conor Jackson. Chris Carter followed with a RBI double, scoring Lowrie. Cal then brought in junior Matt Brown (3-8, 0.3 inning, no hits, one run, one walk, one strikeout), who after striking out Donny Lucy, walked Tobin Swope and allowed pinch runner Brian Hall to score on a wild pitch. The Bears finally brought in Travis Talbott, who ended up giving up RBI singles to Sam Fuld and Carlos Quentin.
The winning pitcher for Stanford was reliever Ryan McCally (0.7 inning, no hits, no runs, one walk). Matt Manship earned his seventh save of the season by pitching the bottom of the ninth (two hits, no runs, no walks, one strikeout). After giving up a two-out double to senior center fielder Ben Conley, and a single to sophomore second baseman David Nicholson, Manship was able to strikeout Brian Horwitz to end the game.
The come-from-behind win for the Cardinal ruined a strong outing by Montalbo, who pitched a career-high 8.0 innings (eight hits, four runs, four walks, one strikeout) and only gave up two runs on six hits in the first eight innings.
Stanford had scored a run in the top of the first inning on a RBI single by Ryan Garko, but Cal came storming back on a three-run homer by Jackson off of Cardinal starter Mark Romanczuk in the bottom of the first. Romanczuk (7.3 innings, six hits, three earned runs, three walks, three strikeouts) was able to shut down the Bears for the next six innings. In the top of the seventh, Stanford got within 3-2 on a sacrifice fly by Swope, but the Bears responded by scoring a run in the bottom of the eighth when McCally balked in a run after Romanczuk had given up a triple to Jackson.
Jackson finished as the hitting star for Cal, going 2-for-3 with a triple, home run and three RBI, and is now hitting .400 for the season. It was Jackson's second three-run homer of the Stanford-Cal series. Nicholson and sophomore first baseman James Holder also had a pair of hits for the Bears. Fuld, Jonny Ash and Carter had two hits apiece for the Cardinal.
Cal will next face Stanford in the third game of the three-game series, Sunday, May 11 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Cal: Jackson, three-run homer in the first inning.
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