Cal Baseball Drops 5-4 Contest at Stanford

March 3, 2007

STANFORD, CALIF. - The California baseball team lost another heartbreaker, dropping its sixth one-run game of the year by falling, 5-4, to Stanford Saturday at Sunken Diamond. The Golden Bears went to 7-9 on the year and 0-2 in the series after losing 1-0 to Stanford Friday night. The Cardinal, which won its eighth home game of the season, improved to 9-5. Cal came back from 3-0 deficit by scoring four runs in the seventh inning, highlighted by sophomore third baseman Michael Brady's three-run double, only to see Stanford score two runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull out the win.

The Bears had an opportunity to score more runs in the top of the eighth when sophomore left fielder Ryan Hanlon led off the inning with a single, followed by a walk to junior second baseman Josh Satin. Sophomore catcher Charlie Cutler next bunted down the first base line for an attempted sacrifice, but was out on a disputed call for running out of the baseline. Stanford relievers Blake Hancock and Max Fearnow were then able to strikeout Blake Smith and Brady to end Cal's inning.

The winning pitcher for Stanford was reliever Tom Stilson (1-0), who got the final out in the seventh inning. Fearnow picked up his second save of the year by throwing the final 1.3 innings (no hits, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts). The losing pitcher for the Bears was sophomore left-hander David Cooper (0-1), Cal's regular first baseman, who was one of eight Bear pitchers on the day. Cooper came in in the seventh inning, and after striking out Adam Gaylord, walked the next two batters before giving up an RBI double to Michael Taylor and an RBI ground out to Joey August for the final 5-4 margin.

Brady finished the day 3-for-4 with his three run double. Junior Mike Van Winden had a key pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh inning to give Cal its brief 4-3 lead.

The Bears will next play Stanford in the third game of the three-game non-conference series Sunday, Mar. 4 at 1 p.m. at Sunken Diamond.

Home Runs:Cal: None.Stanford: None

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