Cal Baseball Defeats No. 24 Stanford, 2-1 in 11 Innings
May 7, 2005
BERKELEY, CA - Freshman pinch hitter Travis Howell successfully executed a squeeze bunt, scoring Chris Errecart in the bottom of the 11th inning to give California an exciting 2-1 win over No. 24 Stanford Saturday at Evans Diamond. Cal improved to 30-21 overall and 10-10 in the Pac-10. The Cardinal fell to 27-16 and 8-6 in conference play.
Errecart had led-off the 11th with a double to left field off of Stanford's Nolan Gallagher. Brennan Boesch was then intentionally walked, followed by Errecart and Boesch double stealing to put runners on second and third. The Cardinal intentionally walked freshman second baseman Josh Satin to load the bases, setting up Howell's game-winning bunt.
The Golden Bears had trailed 1-0 going into the bottom of the 10th after Stanford's Chris Minaker had scored Michael Taylor with a two-out double down the right field line off of Cal starter Eric Dworkis, who had been outstanding on the day. Dworkis and Cardinal starter Mark Romanczuk were involved in an impressive pitching dual as Dworkis threw 10.0 innings with six hits, one run, no walks and five strikeouts, while Romanczuk went 9.0 innings with three hits, one run, two walks and two strikeouts.
Cal battled back by scoring a run in the bottom of the 10th after Taylor and Minaker's back-to-back doubles in the top of the 10th. Satin led the inning off with a single off of Romanczuk, and was sacrificed to second by pinch hitter Robert Nesbitt. The Bears then got three straight singles from Garrett Bussiere, Jeremy Burchett (RBI) and Matt Einspahr off of Stanford's Matt Manship to tie the game, 1-1, before Gallagher came in to strikeout Mike Van Winden and Allen Craig with the bases loaded.
Cal's senior left-hander Travis Talbott was able to hold the Cardinal scoreless the top of the 11th with one hit, no runs and two strikeouts to improve his record to 5-1. Gallagher suffered the loss to go 1-4 (0.7 inning, one hit, one run, two walks, two strikeouts).
The Bears will next host Stanford in the third game of the three-game Pac-10 series, Sunday, May 8 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The Cardinal won Friday's contest, 7-5.