Cal Baseball Loses at Stanford, 9-7
March 4, 2007
STANFORD, CALIF. - The California baseball team made a valiant effort, scoring two runs in the top of the ninth inning, but still fell to Stanford, 9-7, Sunday at Sunken Diamond. The Golden Bears dropped to 7-10 on the year, losing 1-0, 5-4 and 9-7 in the three-game series versus the Cardinal. Stanford improved to 10-5 and have won all nine of its home games this season. Trailing 9-5 going into the ninth, Cal mounted a rally when sophomore third baseman Michael Brady reached base on an error by Cardinal third baseman Ryan Seawell, freshman second baseman Rich Gorman got his first collegiate hit with a double to right field, and sophomore designated hitter David Cooper scored Brady and Gorman with a two-run single.
But Stanford was able to close out the game when reliever David Stringer got Ryan Hanlon to hit to shortstop, forcing out Cooper, Josh Satin to strikeout, and finally after a Jeff Kobernus single, Michael Capbarat to hit the ball in front of the plate and get thrown out by the catcher at first base.
The winning pitcher for Stanford was reliever Austin Yount (2-0), who got the final out in the fourth and ended up throwing 2.1 innings with two hits, one run, one walk and one strikeout. The losing pitcher for the Bears was junior right-handed starter Alex Rollin (3-1), who lost his first game of the year when he pitched 2.1 innings with four hits, five runs, two walks and a strikeout.
Cal had started the contest well, scoring twice in the top of the first on a RBI ground out to second by Cooper and a solo home run by sophomore left fielder Hanlon off of Stanford starter Nolan Gallagher (3.2 innings, six hits, four runs, two walks, four strikeouts). After the Cardinal answered with a run in the bottom of the first, the Bears added two more runs in the third inning on a two-run double by junior first baseman Mike Van Winden for a 4-1 lead.
Stanford took control of the game after Van Winden's hit, however, scoring six runs in the bottom of third and a run in the fourth off of Rollin and sophomore left-hander Craig Bennigson (2.2 innings, six hits, three runs). Besides Cal's two-run first, third and ninth innings, the Bears scratched out a run in the seventh on an RBI single by sophomore catcher Charlie Cutler, who plated senior shortstop Brett Munster, after Munster led off the inning with a double.
Cutler finished the day 3-for-3 with an RBI, and freshman center fielder Jeff Kobernus was 3-for-5. Cooper finished with three RBI for the Bears.
Cal will next travel to the Cardinal Classic in Louisville, Ky. Mar. 9-11. The Bears play Kent State, Friday, Mar. 9 at 11 a.m.; Louisville, Saturday, Mar. 10 at 3 p.m. and Indiana State, Sunday, Mar. 11 at 10 a.m..
Cal: Hanlon, solo home run in the first inning.