Cal Baseball Shutouts Stanford, 4-0
April 28, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - Junior left-hander Jason Dennis and freshman closer Matt Brown combined to shutout Stanford, 4-0, as Cal upset the No. 3 ranked Cardinal for the second day in a row Saturday at Evans Diamond. The Bears improve to 26-21 overall and 11-9 in the Pac-10, while the Cardinal fall to 33-12, 11-6 in conference.
Cal now has a to 2-0 lead in the series, having won the first game, 7-4, Friday. It is the first time the Bears have won a conference series from the Cardinal since the 1993 season (May 7-9, 1993).
Dennis (4-3) threw a masterful game, pitching 8.3 innings with nine hits, no runs, one walk and four strikeouts. Brown earned his Pac-10 leading eighth save, getting Stanford's Scott Dragicevich to strikeout and Andy Topham to foul out to first base with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth.
Cal scored its runs in the second and fourth innings off of Cardinal starter Jeff Bruksch (8-2), who threw a complete game with six hits, four runs, two walks and six strikeouts. The Bears tallied their runs on a two-run homer in the second by senior first baseman Clint Hoover. In the fourth, sophomore Brad Smith walked in a run with a bases loaded walk and freshman shortstop Jeff Dragicevich hit a sacrifice fly to left field.
Besides Hoover's two-run homer, other top hitters for Cal were senior Rob Meyer (3-for-3) and junior second baseman Carson White, who was 2-for-3 and extended his hitting streak to 16 games. Top hitter for the Cardinal was Chris O'Riordan (3-for-5).
The Bears will next host Stanford in the third game of the three-game Pac-10 series Sunday, Apr. 29 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Cal: Hoover, two-run homer in the second inning.