Cal Baseball Loses 1-0 at Stanford
March 2, 2007
STANFORD, CALIF. - Despite a spectacular pitching performance from sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross, the California baseball team lost, 1-0, to Bay Area rival Stanford Friday night at Sunken Diamond. It was the Golden Bears' fifth one-run loss of the season as they dropped to 7-8. The Cardinal, which won its seventh home game of the season, improved to 8-5. Ross (1-3) threw his first career complete game, yielding just five hits, with one run, one walk and a season-high eight strikeouts.
Stanford scored its lone run in the third inning on a fielder's choice RBI by Joey August. Adam Gaylord had a one-out single to left and advanced to third base on Brendan Domaracki's single to right-center field. August then knocked in Gaylord with a hard hit grounder to Cal shortstop Brett Munster, who was able to make a diving stop behind the bag to force out Domaracki.
The winning pitcher for Stanford was freshman right-hander Jeffrey Inman (2-1), who threw 7.7 innings with three hits, three walks and nine strikeouts. Junior David Stringer earned his sixth save of the season and the fifth in five-straight games when he got out of a bases loaded jam in the eighth inning and threw a scoreless top of the ninth.
Cal had threatened in the top of the sixth inning when senior third baseman Stephen Carlson led-off with a double and advanced to third on sophomore first baseman David Cooper's fly ball to center field with one out, but was eventually stranded. In the eighth, Bear pinch hitter Mike Van Winden led-off the inning with a slicing, hard-hit ball down the left field line that was caught by a diving August. Then with two outs, Cal junior second baseman Josh Satin hit a single up the middle, Stanford shortstop Gayload mishandled a grounder by Cooper and Stringer walked Ryan Hanlon to load the bases. Unfortunately for Cal, Stringer was able to strikeout Bear freshman right fielder Blake Smith to end the inning.
Carlson, Satin and freshman designated hitter Jeff Kobernus recorded Cal's three hits for the evening. The Bears will next play Stanford in the second game of the three-game non-conference series Saturday, Mar. 3 at 1 p.m. at Sunken Diamond.
Home Runs:Cal: None.Stanford: None