No. 18 Cal Baseball Defeats Bay Area Rival Stanford, 8-3
March 4, 2008
BERKELEY, CALIF. - The No. 18-ranked California baseball team (6-1-1) continued its strong play, defeating Stanford (6-3), 8-3, Tuesday in a non-conference game at Evans Diamond. Sophomore center fielder Brett Jackson's two-RBI single with one out in the seventh inning snapped a 3-3 tie and proved to be the game-winner.
A leadoff walk by sophomore designated hitter Rich Gorman started the Golden Bears' winning rally in the bottom of the seventh. Sophomore third baseman Jeff Kobernus then moved Gorman to second before the Cardinal decided to intentionally walk junior first baseman David Cooper. Senior second baseman Josh Satin followed with a ground ball single just out of the reach of Cardinal third baseman Zach Jones to load the bases and set the stage for Jackson's heroics that brought home both Gorman and Cooper. The Bears picked up their third run of the inning on sophomore catcher Dylan Tonneson's sacrifice fly to score Satin.
California added two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning when sophomore right fielder/pitcher Blake Smith and freshman left fielder Mark Canha started the inning with back-to-back singles, moved to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by junior shortstop Michael Brady and scored on a sacrifice fly from Kobernus and a fielding error by Stanford reliever Rex Petrill (0.2 inning).
Jackson (2-for-3, 2B, two RBI) was joined by Smith (3-for-3) and Canha (2-for-3) with multiple-hit games for a Cal team that outhit Stanford, 12-8. Smith also pitched an effective 1-2-3 eighth inning with two strikeouts after the Bears had taken their 6-3 lead in the seventh. Dane Ferguson (1.0 inning, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 SO) was credited with the victory despite allowing a three-run homer to Zach Jones that tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the seventh.
Jones (2-4, HR, 3 RBI), Joey August (3-4) and Cord Phelps (2-4, SB) combined for seven of Stanford's eight hits with August posting his first three-hit game of the season. Stanford reliever Michael Marshall (2.0 innings, four hits, five runs, four earned runs, two walks, strikeout) suffered the loss in relief of Cardinal starter Max Fearnow, who scattered three runs on eight hits and three walks over a career-high 5.1 innings.
California starter Kevin Miller (5.0 innings, five hits, one walk, four strikeouts) held the Cardinal scoreless for the first five innings before Bear relievers Todd Fitzgerald (1.0 inning, one hit, two runs, one walk, one strikeout), Ferguson, Smith and Matt Gorgen (1.0 inning, one hit, one strikeout) closed out the contest.
California took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Smith started the rally with a leadoff single, moved to second when Canha drew a walk and scored on an RBI single from Brady. Fearnow settled down and got out of the inning but not before Canha came across when Gorman hit into a bases loaded double play when Fearnow induced Gorman into a double play.
The Bears added another run in the fifth to go ahead, 3-0, when Canha led off with a single, moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Brady and scored on Gorman's RBI single up the middle. Stanford tied the game at 3-3 with one swing of the bat when Jones greeted Ferguson with a high fly ball to left field that drifted just over the glove of a leaping Canha after August had led off with a single and Jeff Whitlow walked to end Fitzgerald's outing.
The Bears next travel to the University of Minnesota Tournament, Mar. 7-9, at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn. On Friday, Mar. 7, Cal faces Northern Iowa at 1 p.m. On Saturday, Mar. 8, the Bears take on host Minnesota at 6:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Mar. 9, Cal plays New Mexico at 11 a.m.
Stanford: Jones, three-run homer in the seventh inning.