Cal Baseball Loses 14-4 at Stanford
April 13, 2009
STANFORD, CALIF. - The California baseball team gave up six runs to Stanford in the seventh inning, breaking a 4-4 tie and went on to lose, 14-4, to the Cardinal Monday in a non-conference game at Sunken Diamond. The Golden Bears fell to 15-18, while Stanford improved to 14-13. Cal had owned a 3-0 lead through the first four innings and sophomore right-hander Kevin Miller had thrown well in 5.1 innings of work (two runs, three walks, six strikeouts), but the Bears yielded 13 runs in the last three innings.
Cal scored two runs in the top of the first inning off of Stanford starter Scott Snodgress (3.0 innings, four hits, two runs, two strikeouts) on senior first baseman Michael Brady's two-run double to left center field. The Bears added another run in the fourth inning when junior second baseman Jeff Kobernus led off with a double and later scored on junior designated hitter Blake Smith's single to center field.
Stanford scored in the bottom of the fifth when Colin Walsh started the inning with a walk and scored on Kellen Kiilsgaard's two-out double to right center field.
Cal tallied another run in the sixth when sophomore right fielder Mark Canha led-off the inning with a double down the left field line and scored on Kobernus' single through the left side of the infield.
The Cardinal tied the game, 4-4, with three runs in the sixth inning behind an RBI double from Adam Gaylord, an RBI groundout by Walsh and an RBI single up the middle by Joey August. Stanford captured the lead for good in the seventh inning with six more runs. Pinch hitter Ben Clowe had an RBI double off of Bear reliever Daniel Wolford, an RBI groundout by Jake Schlander, a sacrifice fly by Walsh and a three-run triple by Kellen Kiilsgaard.
The winning pitcher for Stanford was reliever Max Fearnow (2-3, 3.0 innings, one hit, no runs, no walks, five strikeouts). The losing pitcher for Cal was junior left-hander Michael Bugary (3-2, 0.1 inning, two hits, two runs, one walk). Canha, Brady and Kobernus finished with two hits apiece and each had a double on the night.
Cal will next travel to UC Davis on Wednesday, April 15 for a 2:30 start at Dobbins Stadium. Cal will return to Pac-10 play when it hosts Oregon, beginning Friday, April 17 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The Ducks are in their first year of fielding a baseball team since the school dropped the sport following the 1981 season.