Cal Baseball Defeats Stanford, 10-4, in Second Game of Doubleheader
March 6, 2005
STANFORD, CA - Powered by home runs from Brennan Boesch and Matt Einspahr, the California baseball team won the second game of a doubleheader versus No. 11-ranked Stanford, scoring five runs in the first two innings on the way to a 10-4 victory Sunday at Sunken Diamond. The Bears improved to 11-6 on the year, and the Cardinal go to 11-7. It was the first time Cal had defeated the Cardinal since Mar. 9, 2002 and the first win at Sunken Diamond since Mar. 3, 2001. Stanford captured the first game of the doubleheader Sunday on a suicide squeeze play in the bottom of the ninth to win, 3-2.
After losing the close first game, Cal exploded on Cardinal starter Nolan Gallagher (0-3, 2.3 innings, seven hits, five runs, one walk, two strikeouts). In the top of the first inning, sophomore center fielder Boesch hit a two-run homer, and in the second inning, junior right fielder Jeremy Burchett knocked in a RBI single up the middle and senior third baseman Einspahr hit a two-run homer to give the Bears a 5-0 advantage.
John Mayberry, Jr. got Stanford within 5-3 with a three-run homer off of Bear starter Brandon Morrow (3.0 innings, four hit, three runs, two walks, two strikeouts) in the third inning, but Cal relievers were able to keep the Cardinal at bay. Senior reliever Matt Swanson (3-0) picked up the win, pitching 4.0 innings with one hit, no runs, two walks and three strikeouts. Junior reliever Alex Trafton threw the final two innings for the Bears (four hits, one run, one walk, one strikeout).
Cal added to its 5-3 lead by scoring a run in the fourth on a RBI double by sophomore left fielder Chris Errecart and a run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Einspahr. The Bears put the contest away with three runs in the seventh on a throwing error by Stanford catcher John Hester and a two-run double by freshman first baseman Mike Van Winden. The Cardinal got their final run on a RBI single by Chris Minaker in the bottom of the ninth.
In game one, the Bears fell, 3-2, when Stanford's Jim Rapoport successfully performed a suicide squeeze, scoring pinch runner Cameron Matthews with one out in the bottom of the ninth. The Cardinal were able to win despite a solid effort from Cal starter Eric Dworkis, who threw 8.3 innings with 11 hits, three runs, one walk and three strikeouts. In the bottom of the ninth, Dworkis gave up a one-out single to Michael Taylor. Chris Lewis then hit a ball that barely got past Bear second base Josh Satin into right field, allowing Taylor to third and setting up Rapoport's suicide squeeze.
Cal had battled back into the first game by scoring two runs in the top of the seventh on a two-run homer by Boesch off of Stanford starter Jeff Gilmore (4-0, 7.0 innings, three hits, two runs, one walk, four strikeouts). Boesch finished the day 4-for-7 with two, two-run homers. The Bears also turned five double plays during the two games.
Cal will next travel to Saint Mary's Wednesday, Mar. 9 at 2 p.m. at Louis Guisto Field. The Bears then hosts UNLV in a three-game series, beginning Friday, Mar. 11 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Game Two Home Runs:
Cal: Boesch, two-run homer in the first inning. Einspahr, two-run homer in the second inning.
Stanford: Mayberry Jr., three-run homer in the third inning.
Game One Home Runs:
Cal: Boesch, two-run homer in the seventh inning.