No. 16 Cal Baseball Defeats No. 6 Stanford, 4-3 in 10 Innings

May 9, 2008

STANFORD, CALIF. - Junior left fielder Charlie Cutler knocked in junior shortstop Michael Brady with a hard-hit single that bounced off Stanford second baseman Colin Walsh's chest in the top of the 10th inning, giving the No. 16-ranked California baseball team an exciting 4-3 victory over the No. 6-ranked Cardinal Friday night at Sunken Diamond. The Golden Bears improved to 31-15-2 on the year and 10-9 in the Pac-10. Stanford dipped to 28-17-2 and 10-6 in league play.

The winning pitcher for Cal was junior right-handed closer Matt Gorgen (2-2), who replaced starter Tyson Ross in with two outs and a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth, but was able to strikeout Sean Ratliff to end the Cardinal threat. Gorgen then gave up a lead-off single to Brendan Domaracki to start the bottom of the 10th, but was able to double up Stanford by striking out Zach Jones, who was also called for interfering with Bear catcher Dylan Tonneson, thus forcing out pinch runner Wande Olabisi. Finally, Gorgen struck out pinch hitter Toby Gerhart to end the game.

The losing pitcher for Stanford was reliever Danny Sandbrink (0-1, 1.2 innings, no hits, one run, two walks, one strikeout).

Ross was outstanding, pitching a career-high 8.2 innings with only five hits, three runs, two walks and five strikeouts. However, the Cardinal made an impressive comeback in the bottom of the ninth with Walsh leading off with a double and eventually scoring on Brent Milleville's deep sacrifice fly to center field. Randy Molina ended up tying the contest, 3-3, when he hit a grounder up the middle, scoring pinch runner Jeff Whitlow.

Cal scored the first run of the game in the top of the first inning when Cutler got hit by a pitch by Stanford starter Austin Yount (7.1 innings, four hits, three runs, one walk, five strikeouts) with one out. Cutler then advanced to third on junior first baseman David Cooper's double to left field, and scored on senior second baseman Josh Satin's RBI single to right field.

Stanford scored a run in the bottom of the fourth inning on Milleville's deep home run to straight center field. The Bears came back to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth when Brady answered with a solo homer to centerfield. Cal added an additional run in the eighth inning when Cutler's single to right field scored Brady to give the Bears a 3-1 advantage.

Both teams finished with six hits, with Cutler going 2-for-4 with two RBI for Cal, while Brady hit a home run and scored three times.

'I am very proud of my team,' said Cal coach David Esquer. 'We have been in games like this in which Stanford has been able to take it away from us, but tonight we were able to come through and capture this one.'

The Bears will next play Stanford in the second game of the three-game Pac-10 series, Saturday, May 10 at 1 p.m. at Sunken Diamond.

Home Runs:

Cal: Brady, solo home run in the fifth inning.

Stanford: Milleville, solo home run in the fourth inning.

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