No. 16 Cal Baseball Loses Sunday's Game at Stanford, 8-5
May 11, 2008
STANFORD, CALIF. - No. 6 Stanford was able to salvage the third game of a Pac-10 series, defeating the No. 16-ranked California baseball team, 8-5, Sunday at Sunken Diamond. The Golden Bears, who were able to capture the conference series over the Cardinal and snap Stanford's streak of 12-straight three-game series wins, dropped to 32-16-2 on the year and 11-10 in the Pac-10. The Cardinal improved to 29-18-2 and 11-7 in league play. Cal had won 4-3 in 10 innings Friday night, and 5-2 on Saturday. The Bears finished 3-1-1 against their Bay Area rival this season.
The winning pitcher for Stanford was Jeffrey Inman, who improved his record to 7-2 by throwing 6.2 innings with six hits, five runs, three earned runs, one walk and four strikeouts. Drew Storen earned his fifth save of the year with 2.1 innings of work (two hits, two strikeouts).The losing pitcher for the Bears was freshman right-hander Kevin Miller (6-1), who lost his first game of the year after relieving sophomore left-hander Chris Petrini (3.1 innings, two hits, three runs, three walks, three strikeouts). Miller yielded Stanford's big hit of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning when Cardinal first baseman Brent Milleville broke a 3-3 tie with a grand slam down the left field line.
Cal scored first in the contest with three runs in the second inning. After sophomore catcher Dylan Tonneson was hit by an Inman pitch with one out, sophomore right fielder Blake Smith singled to right and sophomore third baseman Jeff Kobernus had a two-run double down the right field line. The Bears added another run in the second inning on freshman designated hitter Brian Guinn's double down the right field line.
Stanford tied the game, 3-3, in the bottom of the fourth inning with three runs off of Petrini. Randy Molina and Sean Ratliff had RBI singles and pinch hitter Cord Phelps knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly to right field. The Cardinal then jumped ahead, 7-3, when Milleville hit a grand slam off of Miller that just stayed fair of the left field foul pole.
Cal came back to get within 7-5 in the top of the seventh when Stanford second baseman Colin Walsh mishandled junior first baseman David Cooper's grounder, allowing Guinn and junior left fielder Charlie Cutler to score. The Cardinal responded with an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh inning when Jason Castro had a one-out triple, and later scored on a fielding error by Kobernus for the 8-5 lead.
Stanford out-hit Cal, 9-8, on the day, but the Bears hit four doubles (Guinn, senior second baseman Josh Satin, sophomore center fielder Brett Jackson, Kobernus). Guinn, Jackson and Kobernus finished with two hits apiece.
The Bears next play at UC Davis at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13. Cal will then take the rest of the week off for finals before concluding its regular season with a three-game Pac-10 series versus UCLA, beginning Friday, May 23 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Stanford: Milleville, grand slam in the fifth inning.