Cal Baseball Loses at No. 11 Stanford, 10-3
March 5, 2005
STANFORD, CA - The California baseball team saw its streak of nine-straight victories come to an end, falling to No. 11-ranked Stanford, 10-3, Saturday at Sunken Diamond. The Bears go to 10-5 on the year, and the Cardinal improved to 10-6.
Cal scored its runs early off of Stanford's winning pitcher Mark Romanczuk (4-2), who struggled at the beginning but regained his composure to pitch a complete game with five hits, three runs, three walks and seven strikeouts. The Bears scored in the first inning off a bases loaded walk by freshman catcher Travis Howell. Cal added two more runs in the second inning on a two-out, two-run single by sophomore center fielder Brennan Boesch. Unfortunately for the Bears, they would only get one more hit off of Romanczuk the rest of the game, a double to left field by freshman shortstop Kyle Spraker.
Meanwhile, Cal's starter, Adam Gold (1-2), struggled, pitching only 1.7 innings with four hits, three earned runs and three walks. Stanford scored four runs in the bottom of the first when John Hester was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and then Bear left fielder Allen Craig was not able to make a catch on Nolan Gallagher's fly ball, allowing two runs to score. Michael Taylor gave the Cardinal their fourth run of the inning with a RBI single to left.
Stanford added three more runs off of Cal reliever Michael Cooper (4.3 innings, five hits, three runs, two walks, three strikeouts) on a grounder by Gallagher in the fifth, and a leadoff homer by Chris Lewis and a RBI double by Adam Sorgi in the sixth. The Cardinal's final two runs came on a two-run single by Taylor in the eighth inning off of the Bears Alec Harris (2.0 innings, four hits, two runs, two walks, one strikeout).
The Bears' nine-game winning streak was the team's longest winning streak since Cal won nine straight games from Mar. 6-18, 1998. Cal had not lost since falling 9-8 at Loyola Marymount Feb. 12.
The Bears will return to Stanford for the final two games of the three-game non-conference series, playing a doubleheader Sunday, Mar. 6, beginning at 1 p.m. at Sunken Diamond.
Stanford: Lewis, solo home run in the sixth inning.