Cal Baseball Loses to No. 9 Stanford, 3-2 in 10 Innings.
March 7, 2001
STANFORD, CA - Stanford second baseman Chris O'Riordan hit a one-out solo home run off of Cal freshman reliever Matt Brown in the bottom of the 10th to lead the Cardinal to a 3-2 win Wednesday night at Sunken Diamond. The Bears go to 10-7 on the season, while Stanford improves to 15-5.
The Cardinal won two-of-three in the tightly contested non-conference series, winning 3-1 Mar. 2 and losing to Cal 3-2 Mar. 3. The Bears have now been involved in nine one-run games this season, going 4-5 in those contests.
The game went back and forth with Stanford scoring first on a solo home run by Scott Dragicevich off of Cal starter David Cash (5.0 innings, two hits, one run, three walks, four strikeouts) in the second inning. The Bears came back to take a 2-1 lead by scoring a run in the fifth inning on an RBI single by sophomore left fielder Ben Conley and a run in the sixth inning on an RBI single by junior second baseman Carson White off of Cardinal reliever Jason Luker.
Stanford tied the game, 2-2, in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single by Ken Tirpack off of Cal freshman reliever Brian Montalbo (2.0 innings, four hits, one run, two walks).
The winning pitcher for the Cardinal was J.D. Willcox (1-0), who replaced Luker in the seventh inning and went on to shut Cal down and set up O'Riordan's heroics, throwing 4.0 innings with only one hit, no runs, no walks and four strikeouts. Brown (1-2, 2.3 innings, one hit, one run, no walks, two strikeouts), had been outstanding in the series against Stanford, pitching in all three games, earning a save Mar. 3 and not giving up a hit until O'Riordan's home run. He also had five strikeouts and no walks in his 5.0 innings against the Cardinal.
At the plate, the Bears were led by Conley, who got his first collegiate hit as the lead-off batter in the top of the first inning and went on to get three of Cal's six hits, going 3-for-5 with an RBI. White, freshman center fielder Brian Horwitz and freshman shortstop Jeff Dragicevich had the Bears other three hits.
Cal will next host UC Santa Barbara in a three-game series, beginning Friday, Mar. 10 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Home Runs:Cal: None.
Stanford: O'Riordan, solo home run in the 10th.