Cal Baseball Upsets No. 10 Stanford, 7-6
March 3, 2006
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Stanford freshman third baseman Austin Yount overthrew catcher John Hester with one out in the bottom of the ninth, allowing Cal's Josh Satin to score the winning run in the Golden Bears' 7-6 non-conference victory over the No. 10-ranked Cardinal (9-5) Friday afternoon at Evans Diamond. Cal improved to 7-5 and has now defeated Stanford in three of the last four meetings carrying over from last season.
After allowing Stanford to tie the game with three runs in the top of the ninth inning, Cal was able to answer in the bottom of the ninth. Satin led off the inning with a walk off of Stanford reliever Erik Davis (0-1, 2.7 one hit, one unearned run, one walk, three strikeouts) and advanced to second on a single by Brennan Boesch off of Cardinal reliever Jeremy Bleich. Bleich was then able to strikeout Chris Errecart before walking freshman pinch hitter Ryan Hanlon to load the bases. With the bases loaded and Satin at third, Bleich was able to force Garrett Bussiere to ground out weakly to Yount, but Yount's throw was several feet over Hester's head.
The winning pitcher for Cal was freshman reliever Matt Gorgen (1-0), who earned his first collegiate victory by getting Yount to line-out with two runners on in the top of the ninth to Boesch, who made a driving catch to prevent Stanford from securing any more damage. The Cardinal had scored three times in the ninth on a RBI single by Michael Taylor and a two-out, two-run single by Brendan Domaracki off of Bear reliever Alex Trafton.
Cal had broken a 3-3 tie in the sixth inning when senior shortstop Allen Craig hit a three-run homer off of Stanford reliever Nolan Gallagher. The Cardinal had begun the day's scoring on an RBI single by Chris Minaker in the first inning off of Bear starter Brandon Morrow, who went on to throw a career-high 7.3 innings with seven hits, three runs, two earned runs, five walks and seven strikeouts. Cal came back to score two unearned runs in the second inning when Stanford second baseman Chris Lewis had a couple of throwing errors on balls hit by Mike Van Winden and Bussiere.
The Cardinal regained the lead with two runs in the fifth on another RBI single by Minaker and a throwing error by Bussiere when the ball hit Jason Castro on the way to first base on a potential double play ball. The Bears were able bounce back and tie the contest, 3-3, when Boesch had an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth.
Craig and Boesch finished the day with two hits apiece, while Minaker was 4-for-5 with two RBI for Stanford.
Cal will next host Stanford in the second game of the three-game non-conference series, Saturday, Mar. 4 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Cal: Allen Craig, three-run homer in the sixth inning.