California Tops No. 19 Stanford, 7-6, On Ninth Inning Error
March 3, 2006
Berkeley, Calif. - Josh Satin scored the game-winning run on a throwing error by Cardinal third baseman Austin Yount to give California (7-5) a dramatic 7-6 victory over Stanford (9-5) in the opener of a three-game non-conference series at Evans Diamond on Friday. Satin drew a leadoff walk off losing pitcher Erik Davis (0-1) to start the California ninth, which followed a three-run Cardinal rally in the top of the inning that had tied the score at 6-6. Satin moved to second on a Brennan Boesch single and third on a Ryan Hanlon walk to load the bases before Garrett Bussiere hit a slow roller that Yount fielded cleanly but overthrew Cardinal catcher John Hester to allow Satin to score.
Allen Craig (2-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) had a key three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth that snapped a 3-3 tie and gave the Golden Bears a 6-3 lead that held until the Cardinal tied the contest with its three-run ninth. Boesch (2-5, RBI) was the only other California player with more than one hit, while Bussiere also drove in a run when he reached on an error in the second inning.
Chris Minaker (4-5, 2 RBI) extended his season-high hit streak to seven games for the Cardinal. Michael Taylor (2-2, RBI) and Brendan Domaracki (2-4, 2 RBI) had two hits each for the Cardinal. Taylor lengthened his career-high hit streak to eight straight and reached in all five of his plate appearances by adding a pair of walks and a hit batsmen to his pair of singles, while Domaracki tied the game with a two-out, two-RBI bases loaded single in the top of the ninth. Joey August scored three runs for Stanford, reaching base in four of his five plate appearances with a double and three walks.
California starter Brandon Morrow limited the Cardinal to three runs (two earned) and scattered seven hits in a career-high 7.1 innings of work. Morrow struck out seven and walked five in a no-decision outing.
Matt Gorgen (1-0) earned the win for the Golden Bears, retiring the only batter he faced when he came into the game with two outs in the top of the ninth and got Yount to line out to a diving Boesch in center field with the go-ahead run at second base.
The leadoff walk by Davis (2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 SO) gave the Cardinal reliever the loss in an otherwise strong outing.
Greg Reynolds (5.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO) made his shortest start of the season for Stanford. Nolan Gallagher gave up Craig's three-run blast in the only batter he faced, while Jeremy Bleich (0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 SO) entered the game after Davis walked the leadoff hitter in the ninth and allowed two of the first three batters he faced to reach on a single and a walk before the error by Yount ended the game.
Stanford and California continue the series on Saturday and Sunday with first pitch scheduled each day for 1:00 pm, PT. Saturday's scheduled pitching matchup features Stanford RHP Matt Manship (0-1, 5.40) versus California RHP Michael Cooper (1-1, 4.15).
A full recap will follow.