Cal Baseball Loses at Stanford, 8-5

May 5, 2002

STANFORD, CA - In a game that followed the pattern of the series, the Cal baseball team played No. 9 ranked Stanford well through the first few innings but couldn't hold off the Cardinal, losing 8-5 Sunday at Sunken Diamond. The Bears, who have lost seven games in a row, go to 26-26 overall and 8-13 in the Pac-10, while the Cardinal improve to 32-13 and 9-6 in conference. Cal lost to Stanford, 8-4, Friday night and 13-6 Saturday.

The scored was tied 4-4 after four innings. The Bears had scored three runs in the third inning on a solo home run by Nick Medrano, a solo home run by Conor Jackson and an RBI single by Brian Horwitz. Cal added another run in the fourth inning on a solo home run by Justin Nelson.

Offensively Stanford scored a run in the second off of Bear starter Matt Brown (5-3, 4.0 innings, six hits, six earned runs, four walks, one strikeout) on a solo home run by Scott Dragicevich. The Cardinal added three more runs in the third on a two-run triple by Carlos Quentin and a sacrifice fly by Brian Hall.

Stanford finally pulled ahead by scoring three runs in the fifth off of Brown. Sam Fuld led off with a home run, Hall had a sacrifice fly to center field and a throwing error by Cal shortstop Jeff Dragicevich allowed another run to score. The Bears tacked on another run in the seventh inning on an RBI single by John Baker and the Cardinal had another run in the bottom of the eighth on a solo home run by Arik VanZandt for the final 8-5 margin.

The winning pitcher for the Cardinal was starter John Hudgins (8-0, 6.0 innings, nine hits, five runs, one walk, four strikeouts). Reliever Ryan McCally (2.0 innings, one hit, no runs, two walks) earned his sixth save of the year. Cal, which outhit Stanford, 11-7, was led by White, Baker, Horwitz and Nelson with two hits apiece. Senior right-hander Matt Payne pitched well in relief for the Bears, pitching 4.0 innings with one hit (VanZandt's solo home run), one run, two walks, two strikeouts).

The Bears will next play Oregon State in a three-game Pac-10 series, beginning Friday, May 10 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond.

Home Runs:

Cal: Medrano, solo home run in the third inning. C. Jackson, solo home run in the third inning. White, solo home run in the fourth inning.

Stanford: S. Dragicevich, solo home run in the second inning. Fuld, solo home run in the fifth inning. VanZandt, solo home run in the eighth inning.

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