Cal Baseball Falls to No. 10 Stanford, 6-5, in 11 Innings
March 4, 2006
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Stanford senior shortstop Chris Minaker knocked in the game-winning RBI off of Cal freshman reliever Matt Gorgen in the top of the 11th inning to give the No. 10-ranked Cardinal (10-5) a 6-5 victory over the Golden Bears (7-6) Saturday afternoon at Evans Diamond. The non-conference series between the Bay Area rivals is now tied 1-1 after Cal had won, 7-6, on Friday. The rubber match is scheduled for Sunday, Mar. 5 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
In the top of the 11th, Stanford's Cord Phelps led off with a single and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Seawell. After a walk to Jim Rapoport and a pass ball by Cal catcher Garrett Bussiere advanced Phelps to third base, Minaker hit the game-winner past a diving Bear shortstop Allen Craig. Cal was able to get out the inning when Gorgen struck out Michael Taylor and Bussiere threw out Rapoport trying to advance to third.
The winning pitcher for Stanford was reliever Austin Yount, whose error as the Cardinal third baseman on Friday led to the Bears' victory. After getting to final two outs in the bottom of the 10th on hard-hit balls by Josh Satin and Brennan Boesch to right field, Yount (1.7 innings, no hits, no runs, one strikeout) was able to shutdown the Bears in order in the bottom of the 11th to improve his record to 2-0. Gorgen (1.0 inning, two hits, one unearned run, one walk, one strikeout), who picked up Friday's win for Cal, fell to 1-1.
The Bears made an impressive comeback after trailing 5-0 after the first two innings. Cal scored its first run in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by Boesch off of Stanford starter Matt Manship (6.0 innings, five hits, one unearned run, two walks, three strikeouts). Boesch gave the Bears two more runs in the seventh inning on a two-run double down the right field line. Cal was able to get within one, 5-4, on a pinch hit RBI single by freshman Ryan Hanlon in the bottom of the eighth. Finally in the ninth, a two-out error by shortstop Minaker on a ball hit by Bussiere allowed Chris Errecart to score and sent the game into extra-innings.
A key to the Bears' comeback was the relief pitching of freshman left-hander Chris Petrini (career-high 4.7 innings, two hits, no runs, two walks, two strikeouts), senior right-hander Alec Harris (2.0 innings, no hits, no runs, one strikeout) and senior right-hander Jeremy Burchett (2.0 innings, one hit, one walk, one strikeout). Stanford had scored a run in the first inning on Minaker RBI single and four more runs in the second inning on RBI singles by Joey August and Rapoport, and a two-run double by Minaker off of Cal starter Michael Cooper.
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