Cal Baseball Wins at Stanford, 5-1
May 6, 2006
STANFORD, CALIF. - Behind impressive pitching from freshman right-hander Tyson Ross and a solid offensive and defensive performance from junior left fielder Chris Errecart, California defeated Stanford, 5-1, Saturday at Sunken Diamond. The Golden Bears improved to 24-23 overall and 9-11 in the Pac-10, while the Cardinal dropped to 21-21 and 6-11 in league. The two teams will play the rubber match Sunday at 1 p.m. at Sunken Diamond, as Stanford won Friday night, 3-2, and Cal rebounded to win, 5-1, Saturday.
Ross was stellar, improving his record to 5-4 by throwing 7.3 innings with six hits, one run, three walks and eight strikeouts. He got out of several jams as the Cardinal left 12 runners on base. After freshman left-hander Craig Bennigson relieved Ross in the eighth, throwing 1.3 innings with two hits, two walks and a strikeout, senior right-hander Jeremy Burchett earned his fifth save of the season, getting Stanford's Michael Taylor to ground out to first with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth.
The losing pitcher for the Cardinal was junior starter Matt Leva (2-1, 4.7 innings, four hits, two runs, three walks, two strikeouts). Stanford scored its lone run in the fourth inning on a Chris Lewis RBI single, scoring Chris Minaker, who finished the day 2-for-3.
Errecart led the Bears at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two RBI. He had a sacrifice fly to left field in the third inning and an RBI single in the fifth inning. Errecart also had a key defensive play, throwing Stanford's Brendan Domaracki out at the plate in the fifth inning. Cal added a run in the seventh on a RBI ground out by junior center fielder Brennan Boesch, a run in the eighth on a safety squeeze bunt by senior right fielder Rob Nesbitt, and a run in the ninth when sophomore first baseman Mike Van Winden was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Besides Errecart's two hits, Nesbitt and sophomore designated hitter Jordan Karnofsky recorded doubles, and senior shortstop Allen Craig and junior catcher Garrett Bussiere added singles. Craig also turned two impressive double plays with sophomore second baseman Kyle Spraker in the second and fourth innings.