No. 21 Stanford Falls In Series Finale At California, 9-5

May 9, 2005

Berkeley, Calif. - No. 21 Stanford (27-17, 8-7 Pac-10) fell by a score of 9-5 in the rubber game of a Pac-10 series at California (31-21, 11-10 Pac-10) on Monday at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears won the final two contests in the three-game series to snap a seven-series losing skid against the Cardinal that dated back to the last California series win over Stanford in May 2001.

Allen Craig (4-5, 2 2B, SB) had four hits for the Golden Bears on Monday, while Chris Errecart (2-4, HR, 3 RBI) and Matt Einspahr (2-4, 3 RBI) drove in three runs each. Josh Satin (2-5, HR, 2 RBI) also homered and drove in a pair of runs, while Brennan Boesch (2-3, 2 2B) doubled twice.

Stanford's Adam Sorgi (3-5, 2B) continued his hot hitting for the Cardinal with his third consecutive multiple-hit game in the series, while Jed Lowrie blasted a three-run homer. Jim Rapoport (2-5, 2 RBI) had a pair of hits and also drove in two, while John Mayberry, Jr. (2-5) had two hits.

California relievers Matt Swanson (5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 SO) and Travis Talbott (2.1 IP, 1 SO) turned in a terrific effort. Swanson (6-2) was credited with the win, coming into the game to get the final out of the second inning after Stanford had scored five unearned runs in the inning off starter Michael Cooper (1.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 0 ER). Talbott retired all seven batters he faced after entering the contest with two outs and a runner on second base in the top of the seventh.

Stanford starter Matt Leva (3-2) suffered the loss, allowing six runs on six hits with one strikeout in just 1.2 innings of work. Cardinal relievers Blake Holler (4.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 SO), Greg Reynolds (0.2 IP, 1 BB) and Jeff Stimpson (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB) were able to keep the Cardinal within striking distance.

Stanford concludes its current season-long six-game swing away from Sunken Diamond with a non-conference contest at Santa Clara on Tuesday, May 10 (6 pm, PT) in the recently opened Stephen Schott Stadium.

The Cardinal next returns home to Sunken Diamond for a three-game Pac-10 series against UCLA from Friday-Sunday, May 13-15 (6, 1, 1 pm, PT). The UCLA series begins a seven-game homestand that will conclude the team's 2005 regular season home schedule. The Cardinal will also host Saint Mary's (Tuesday, May 17, 6 pm, PT) and Arizona (Friday-Sunday, May 20-22, 6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm, PT) on the homestand.

Stanford will host several promotions during its upcoming seven-game homestand, beginning with Youth Baseball Day and a post-game Poster-Autograph Session on Sunday, May 15. The club's final home series versus Arizona will have a promotional event each day, starting with the popular Town & Country Fireworks Show after the series-opener on Friday, May 20. The annual Team Appreciation BBQ will take place after Saturday's contest with Fan Appreciation/Senior Day slated for Sunday.

A full recap will follow.

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