Cal Baseball Loses 4-3 Decision to Stanford
April 21, 2007
BERKELEY, CALIF. - In a back and forth contest, Stanford broke a 3-3 tie by scoring an unearned run in the top of the eighth inning to defeat Cal, 4-3, Saturday in a Pac-10 contest at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears fell to 20-20 overall and 4-7 in the Pac-10, while the Cardinal improved to 16-19 and 2-9 in conference play. It was the Bears' 11th one-run loss of the season.
Cal and Stanford will now play the rubber match of the three-game Pac-10 series, Sunday, Apr. 22 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The Bears had shut out the Cardinal, 3-0, on Friday.
Stanford's Brian Juhl knocked in the game-winning RBI with a single to left field in the eighth inning off of Cal reliever Matt Gorgen (1-4, 1.1 innings, four hits, one unearned run, one walk, two strikeouts), scoring Adam Sorgi. The inning was extended when Bear shortstop Michael Brady was not able to cleanly handle a ground ball by pinch hitter Brendan Domaracki with two outs.
Stanford was able to make a key defensive play in the bottom of the eighth inning to maintain its 4-3 advantage. With Cal sophomore catcher Charlie Cutler at second base, pinch hitter Mike Van Winden knocked a hard-hit single up the middle off of Nolan Gallagher, but Cardinal center field Sean Ratliff threw Cutler out at the plate to keep the lead.
The Bears had made an equally outstanding defensive play in the top of the seventh to limit Stanford to two runs. After Cord Phillips' RBI single off Cal reliever Craig Bennigson, the Bears turned a double play when freshman left fielder Jeff Kobernus caught a fly ball hit by Juhl and threw Sorgi out at the plate after trying to tag up. Unfortunately for Cal, Gorgen later walked Ratliff with the bases loaded to force in a run.
With Stanford leading 3-2 after the top of the seventh, Bear freshman right fielder Blake Smith tied the game, 3-3, with an RBI single to center, scoring sophomore first baseman David Cooper, who had led-off the inning with a single and was advanced to second on Rich Gorman's sacrifice bunt.
Stanford had started the day's scoring by notching a run in the top of the third inning on an RBI ground out by Ratliff off of Cal starter Alex Rollin (6.0 innings, four hits, one run, one walk). The Bears responded by scoring two runs in the bottom of the third off of Cardinal starter Jeffrey Inman (5.0 innings, nine hits, two runs, two walks, six strikeouts). Cutler and Kobernus led off the inning with back-to-back singles and advanced to second and third on Michael Capbarat's grounder to third base. Junior second baseman Josh Satin and Cooper then followed with RBI singles to give Cal a 2-1 lead that stood until the seventh inning.
Reliever Erik Davis (1-0) was the winning pitcher for Stanford, entering in the seventh and throwing 0.2 innings with one hit and a walk. Gallagher earned his first save, pitching the final 2.0 innings with one hit, no runs, one walk and two strikeouts.
Satin, Cooper, Cutler and Smith had two hits apiece for the Bears. Both teams finished the day with 12 hits. Smith pitched to the top of the ninth (no hits, no runs, one walk) for Cal.