Stanford Gets 2500th Victory In School History With 9-7 Win Over California
March 4, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford (10-5) recorded the 2500th victory in school history with a 9-7 win over California (7-10) to complete a three-game sweep of the Golden Bears at Sunken Diamond on Sunday. Stanford becomes just the fifth school in the history of NCAA Division I Baseball to reach the illustrious number, following Fordham, Texas, USC and Michigan. Stanford also extended its season-long win streak to eight games and improved to 9-0 at home in 2007 to mark the team's best home start since 1993.
Sean Ratliff (3-4, 2B, 3B) scored a career-high four runs to lead the Cardinal offense. Ryan Seawell (2-3, RBI) and Brendan Domaracki (2-5, 2 RBI) each added a pair of hits for a Stanford team that had all nine of its starters with at least one hit despite being outhit by California, 14-13. Cord Phelps added a triple and a pair of RBI for the Cardinal.
Austin Yount (2-0) was credited with the win for an effective relief outing, allowing one run on two hits and a walk with one strikeout in relief of starter Nolan Gallagher (3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO). Stanford used six pitchers in the contest.
Charlie Cutler (3-3, RBI) and Jeff Kobernus (3-5) had three hits each for the Golden Bears, while Brett Munster (2-3, 2B) added a pair. David Cooper drove in three runs, including two on a ninth inning single that cut a four-run Stanford lead in half to 9-7. Mike Van Winden drove in a pair of runs for California on a two-run double in the third, while Ryan Hanlon provided the game's only long ball when he blasted his first homer of the season with a solo shot off the scoreboard beyond the left field wall in the first.
California starter Alex Rollin (3-1) was charged with his first loss of the season as he was tagged for five runs on four hits and two walks with one strikeout over the first 2.1 frames. Relievers Craig Bennigson (2.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER), Nick Nunez (1.0 IP, 1 H) and Matt Gorgen (2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 4 SO) kept the Golden Bears in striking distance the rest of the way.
Stanford will put its eight-game win streak on the line in a non-conference game at Santa Clara next Tuesday, March 6 (6 pm, PT) before returning to Sunken Diamond for a three-game non-conference series against USC next Friday-Sunday, March 9-11 (5 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm, PT).
A full recap will follow.