No. 11 Stanford Takes Opener Of Twin Bill Over California, 3-2
March 6, 2005
Stanford, Calif. - Jim Rapoport squeezed home Cameron Matthews with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift No. 11 Stanford (11-6) to a dramatic 3-2 victory over California in the opener of a non-conference doubleheader at Sunken Diamond on Sunday. Michael Taylor started Stanford's ninth inning rally with a one-out single and moved to third on a single by Chris Lewis to set up the final play. The victory was the 18th in a row for Stanford over California dating back to the last Golden Bear win in Berkeley on March 9, 2002.
Blake Holler (4-0) earned his Pac-10 co-leading fourth win in relief of Stanford starter Jeff Gilmore as the duo held the Golden Bears to just three hits. Holler retired all six batters he faced with one strikeout over the final 2.0 innings after Gilmore had given up just two runs and three hits with four strikeouts and one walk over the first 7.0 frames.
John Mayberry, Jr. (2-4, 2B), Taylor (2-4) and Lewis (2-4) had two hits each for the Cardinal, who had eight of nine starters pick up at least one hit to outhit the Golden Bears by a count of 11-3. Adam Sorgi and John Hester both tripled for the first time in their collegiate career.
Stanford left eight runners on base, while the Golden Bears stranded only one.
Stanford took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Sorgi tripled to lead off the frame and scored on an RBI single by Chris Minaker.The Cardinal went ahead 2-0 in the fourth when Hester led off the frame with a triple and scored on an RBI groundout by Brendan Domaracki.
After allowing a leadoff single to Kyle Spraker to lead off the game, Gilmore retired 16 in a row before Matt Einspahr singled with two outs in the sixth.
Brannan Boesch brought home both California runs with a two-run homer with one out in the seventh that tied the game at 2-2.
The teams conclude Sunday's doubleheader with the nightcap scheduled to start at 4:15 pm, PT. Stanford is scheduled to start RHP Nolan Gallager (0-2, 2.55) versus California RHP Brandon Morrow (0-0, 6.59).
Stanford has swept the last six doubleheaders the team has played in dating back to a split with UCLA on April 7, 2001.