Cal Baseball Wins Series with 13-5 Victory Over Stanford
April 22, 2007
BERKELEY, CALIF. - The California baseball team pounded out eight hits and exploded for eight runs in the first inning on the way to a 13-5 victory over Bay Area rival Stanford Sunday in a Pac-10 contest at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears ended up winning the league series 2-1 to improve to 21-20 overall and 5-7 in the Pac-10. The Cardinal dropped to 16-20 and 2-10 in conference play. Cal had shutout Stanford, 3-0, on Friday; fell 4-3 on Saturday, before capturing the series final, 13-5, Sunday.
Sophomore catcher Charlie Cutler (3-for-4, RBI), sophomore first baseman David Cooper (3-for-5, three RBI) and freshman right fielder/pitcher Blake Smith (3-for-5, two RBI) had three hits apiece for the Bears, while junior reliever Nick Nunez improved his record to 3-2 by entering the first inning to get the final out and then throwing 3.0 innings with five hits, two runs, no walks and a strikeout. Sophomore left-hander Craig Bennigson also pitched well in relief, throwing 4.1 innings with five hits, one unearned run with one walk and three strikeouts.
Stanford starter Max Fearnow suffered the loss to go to 2-3 (0.1 inning, five hits, five runs, no walks, one strikeout).
The Bears had yielded two runs to the Cardinal in the top of the first inning when Brendan Domaracki and Adam Sorgi had back-to-back RBI singles off of Bear starter Travis Erickson. Down 2-0, Cal had an impressive offensive showing in the bottom of the first inning, bringing 13 batters to the plate, highlighted by an RBI single by Mike Van Winden, a two-run single by Michael Capbarat, an RBI single by Smith, a sacrifice fly by Ryan Hanlon, a two-run double by senior third baseman Stephen Carlson and an RBI single by Cutler.
Cal added two more runs in the third inning on a two-run single by Cooper. The Cardinal came back with two runs in the fourth inning on a two-run single up the middle by Toby Gerhart. With runners on second and third, Bennigson was able to come in and strikeout Sean Ratliff to get out of the inning.
Stanford got its fifth run in the top of the sixth when Gerhart scored Ryan Seawell after hitting into a double play. The Bears responded with a run in the bottom of the sixth on Smith's RBI single to left, and added their final two runs in the seventh on an RBI single by Cooper and a run-scoring double play ball by Van Winden.
Besides the hitting exploits of Cutler, Cooper and Smith; Carlson, Van Winden, Hanlon and sophomore shortstop Michael Brady had two hits apiece for Cal.
The Bears will next host Arizona State in a three-game Pac-10 series, beginning Friday, Apr. 27 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond.