Cal Baseball Upsets No. 21 Stanford, 9-5
May 9, 2005
BERKELEY, CA - Paced by a 14-hit attack, including home runs by Chris Errecart and Josh Satin, and the relief pitching of seniors Matt Swanson and Travis Talbott, the California baseball team upset No. 21-ranked Stanford, 9-5, Monday at Evans Diamond. Cal improved to 31-21 overall and 11-10 in the Pac-10. The Cardinal fell to 27-17 and 8-7 in conference play. The Bears ended up capturing the series, losing 7-5 Friday, but rebounding to win 2-1 in 11 innings Saturday and 9-5 Monday. It was Cal's first Pac-10 series win over Stanford since 2001, the last time the Bears qualified for a NCAA Regional.
Cal started off the game with a bang when Errecart connected on a three-run homer in the first inning off of Cardinal starter Matt Leva (3-2, 1.7 innings, six hits, six runs, one strikeout). Stanford countered with five runs in the top of the second, when with two outs and a pair of Bear errors, Jim Rapaport hit a two-run double, and Jed Lowrie later powered a three-run homer off of Cal starter Michael Cooper (1.7 innings, five hits, five runs, no earned runs).
Down 5-3, the Bears came right back with three runs in the bottom of the second, highlighted by Allen Craig's two-out RBI double to center field and Satin's two-run homer to left, for a 6-5 lead. Cal tacked on another run in the third on senior third baseman Matt Einspahr's RBI single, and added two more runs in the fifth inning on Einspahr's two-run single up the middle.
Meanwhile, Swanson and Talbott shut down Stanford after its five-run second inning. Swanson came in to get the final out in the second inning and went on the pitch a season-high 5.0 innings with five hits, no runs, two walks and two strikeouts to improve his record to 6-2. Talbott threw the final 2.3 innings with no hits, no runs, no walks and a strikeout.
Offensively, Craig finished the game 4-for-5 with two doubles and a RBI, while Satin (2-for-5, two-run homer), Errecart (2-for-4, three-run homer), Einspahr (2-for-4, three RBI) and sophomore center fielder Brennan Boesch (2-for-3, two doubles) had two hits apiece. Adam Sorgi (3-for-5, double) had three hits for Stanford. It was the last home game for Bear seniors Swanson, Talbott, Einspahr, Eric Dworkis, Aaron Swick, Ben Liepman and James Holder.
Cal next travels to San Jose State, Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. at Municipal Stadium in San Jose. The Bears' next Pac-10 series is not until May 27-29 at Arizona.
Stanford: Lowrie, three-run homer in the second inning.
Cal: Errecart, three-run homer in the first inning. Satin, two-run homer in the second inning.