Stanford Pulls Out Seventh Straight With 5-4 Win Over California
March 3, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford (9-5) scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to erase a one-run California (7-9) lead and held on for a wild 5-4 victory on Saturday at Sunken Diamond. Michael Taylor tied the game at 4-4 with an RBI double and Joey August followed with an RBI groundout with Sean Ratliff and Jason Castro scoring the tying and eventual winning runs. Ratliff and Castro drew back-to-back one-out walks to start the rally.
The victory extended Stanford's season-long win streak to seven in a row and improved the Cardinal to 8-0 at home in 2007.
Taylor (2-4, 2 2B, RBI) was the only Stanford player with more than one hit, while Castro drove in a pair of runs.
Tom Stilson (1-0) earned his first collegiate victory by retiring David Cooper on a groundout to Cardinal scored baseman Cord Phelps for the final out in the four-run California seventh. The Golden Bears were threatening for more with runners on first and third when Stilson came in.
Max Fearnow earned his second save of the season by getting the final four outs. Fearnow allowed just one walk and struck out two.
Michael Brady (3-4, 2B, 3 RBI) had a huge day for California and drove in three of the Golden Bears' four runs in the seventh with a bases-loaded three-RBI double.
Cooper (0-1) took the loss in his first appearance for the Golden Bears as the seventh of eight California pitchers in the contest.
Stanford and California will conclude their three-game series on Sunday (1 pm, PT). The Golden Bears are slated to go with RHP Alex Rollin (3-0, 3.98) while the Cardinal has yet to announce a starting pitcher.
A full recap will follow.