Cal Baseball Loses at No. 2 Stanford, 9-2
April 17, 2004
STANFORD, CA - The California baseball team struggled in the second game of the three-game Pac-10 series at Stanford, losing to the No. 2 ranked Cardinal, 9-2, Saturday at Sunken Diamond. The Bears go to 20-22 overall and 6-8 in the Pac-10. Stanford, 14-1 in home games this season, improved to 28-5 and 6-2 in league play.
Offensively, Cal was shutdown by Cardinal sophomore right-hander Jeff Gilmore (6-1), who threw a complete game with five hits, two runs, one walk and four strikeouts. Sophomore first baseman Allen Craig hit a single to the right side in the third inning for the Bears, but Cal didn't get another hit until a lead-off single in seventh inning by junior second baseman David Nicholson. The Bears ended up scoring in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by senior catcher Chris Grossman. Grossman gave Cal its second run of the game with a RBI single between first and second base in the ninth inning, scoring Craig, who had led off the ninth with a single.
Stanford scored nine runs on 18 hits and had two players, Donny Lucy and Danny Putnam, hit two home runs apiece. Lucy hit a lead-off homer in the second inning and a solo home run in the eighth inning. Putnam had a two-run homer in the third inning and a two-run homer in the sixth inning. He also had a RBI single in the fourth inning for a 3-for-4, five RBI day.
The losing pitcher for Cal was junior right-hander Mike Padgett (3-5), who threw 2.7 innings with seven hits, three runs, two walks and one strikeout. The Bears ended up using six pitchers on the day.
The Bears next travel to Stanford for the third game of the three-game series, Sunday, Apr. 18 at 1 p.m. at Sunken Diamond. Cal had fallen to the Cardinal, 7-4, Friday night.
Stanford: Lucy, solo home run in the second inning. Putnam, two-run homer in the third inning. Putnam, two-run homer in the sixth inning. Lucy, solo home run in the eighth inning.