Cal Baseball Defeats Stanford, 4-3, in Non-Conference Game
May 1, 2006
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Cal came back from a 3-1 deficit by scoring three runs in the seventh inning of the way to a 4-3 non-conference victory over Stanford Monday afternoon at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears evened their record to 22-22 overall, and the Cardinal fell to 19-20. Monday's game was make-up contest for a Mar. 5 game that was rained-out. Cal ends up capturing the non-conference series, 2-1, winning 7-6 Mar. 3, losing 6-5 in 11 innings Mar. 4, before today's 4-3 win.
The two teams will face each other again this weekend in a three-game Pac-10 series (Bears are 8-10 in league, the Cardinal are 5-10), beginning Friday, May 5 at 6 p.m. at Sunken Diamond. Saturday's game is slated for 4 p.m. and Sunday's tilt will begin at 1 p.m. at Sunken Diamond.
The Bears scored Monday's first run in the bottom of the first inning when senior right fielder Rob Nesbitt led-off the inning with a double and later scored on junior center fielder Brennan Boesch's two-out single to left. Stanford came back by scoring a run in the fourth on Jason Castro's RBI single off of Cal sophomore right-hander Alex Rollin (4.3 innings, five hits, one run, two walks, one strikeout). The Cardinal then added two more runs in the sixth on an RBI double down the left field line by John Hester, and an RBI single by Chris Lewis off of the Bears' Alex Trafton for a 3-1 advantage.
Cal was able to recapture the lead when Stanford pitchers struggled with their control. The Cardinal walked three straight Bears to begin the seventh, followed by senior shortstop Allen Craig getting hit by a pitch to force in one run, junior left fielder Chris Errecart getting an RBI single to short left field for another run, and Boesch walking with the bases loaded for the third run of the inning.
The winning pitcher for the Bears was sophomore reliever Nick Tess (3-0), who pitched the seventh inning (one hit). Senior right-hander Jeremy Burchett earned his fourth save of the season, throwing the final 2.0 innings with one hit and one strikeout. The losing pitcher for Stanford was reliever David Stringer (2-4, 0.0 innings, no hits, one run, one walk).
At the plate, Boesch led Cal with two RBI, and sophomore designated hitter Jordan Karnofsky was 2-for-3 with a double.
The Bears will next travel to Saint Mary's on Tuesday, May 2 for a 2 p.m. game, before visiting Stanford for the three-game Pac-10 series at Sunken Diamond.