Cal Baseball Upsets No. 1 Ranked Stanford, 2-1
March 9, 2002
BERKELEY, CA - The Cal baseball team, behind the pitching of sophomore right-handers Brian Montalbo and Matt Brown, and the hitting of junior outfielder Ben Conley, defeated No. 1 ranked Stanford, 2-1, Saturday at Evans Diamond. The Bears improve to 13-8 on the year, while the Cardinal go to 13-5. Cal's win avenged a 15-4 loss to Stanford Friday.
Montalbo (2-3) pitched what was probably his best outing of his college career, throwing 7.3 innings with five hits, one run, one walk and three strikeouts. Brown relieved Montalbo in the eighth inning and pitched 1.7 innings with one hit and one strikeout to earn his third save of the season. He now has 11 career saves, tied for sixth on the Cal all-time save list.
The Bears got their two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out, sophomore shortstop Jeff Dragicevich got a hit down the third base line off of Cardinal starter Tim Cunningham (4-1, 7.0 inning, four hits, one earned run, three walks, three strikeouts). After Dragicevich stole second base, Conley knocked a single to center field, advancing Dragicevich to third base. Conley then stole second, followed by Nick Medrano scoring Dragicevich on a ball hit to the right side of the infield. Medrano reached first base on Stanford second baseman Chris O'Riordan's error and then later got in a run down that allowed Conley to score from third base.
The Cardinal responded with a run in the top of the sixth inning on a wild pitch by Montalbo, allowing Arik VanZandt to score. But the Bears were able to hold Stanford from tallying any more runs with the help of an outstanding catch by center field Medrano, who robbed Ryan Garko of a home run later in the inning with a runner on second.
Conley led the Bears at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a double. He had hit a three-run homer against Stanford on Friday. O'Riordan had two hits for the Stanford Saturday.
Cal next host No. 1 ranked Stanford in the third game of the three-game series, Sunday Mar. 10 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.