Cal Baseball Loses, 11-7, at Stanford
April 22, 2009
STANFORD, CALIF. - The California baseball team got big games offensively from junior second baseman Jeff Kobernus and sophomore first baseman Mark Canha, but could not hold off Stanford, falling 11-7 Wednesday evening at Sunken Diamond. Cal, which had fallen behind 5-1 after three innings could never catch up, dropping to 18-20 overall. The Cardinal improved to 17-16. Kobernus, who was the Pac-10 Player of the Week last week, finished the game 3-for-5 with a two-run homer in the fourth inning and an RBI single in the fifth. Canha, who is now batting .399 on the year, was 2-for-4 with an RBI ground out in the first inning and a two-run triple in the fifth inning.
Cal scored the game's first run in the top of the first inning when junior center fielder Brett Jackson led-off with a walk, stole second base and advanced to third base on sophomore shortstop Brian Guinn's single through the right side. Jackson then scored on Canha's RBI ground out to shortstop.
Stanford answered with a run in the bottom of the first on Cal starter Brian Diemer's (1-5, 2.1 innings, six hits, five runs, two walks, one strikeout) wild pitch after Diemer had walked Colin Walsh and gave up a one-out single to Toby Gerhart. The Cardinal then pushed across five runs off of Diemer in the third inning on an RBI double by Gerhart, an RBI single by Kellen Kiilsgaard and a two-run homer to center field by Brent Milleville.
The Bears battled back with two runs in the top of the fourth inning when Canha led off with a single down the right field line and Kobernus hit his fifth home run of the year, a two-run shot to left field to get Cal within 5-3. But Stanford increased its lead to 8-3 with three runs with two outs in the bottom of the fourth off of freshman right-hander Matt Flemer on a double by Joey August, an RBI double by Gerhart and a two-run homer by Kiilsgaard.
Again Cal came back, this time on Canha's two-out, two run triple off in the fifth inning off of Cardinal reliever Alex Pracher. The Bears added another run in the fifth when Kobernus drove in Canha with a single to left center field off of Stanford reliever Michael Marshall to get within 8-6.
The Bears missed an opportunity in the seventh when Danny Oh lined-out to first base with the bases loaded, forcing out Blake Smith and ending the inning. Stanford forced in an insurance run in the seventh when Gerhart walked to lead off the inning and later scored when Milleville hit into a 4-6-3 double play. Cal got back to a two-run deficit, 9-7, when sophomore left fielder Dwight Tanaka had a two-out single to left field, stole second base and scored on Jackson's single to right center field.
Stanford finally went back up by four runs, 11-7, in the bottom of the eighth when Colin Walsh had a two-out RBI single and later scored on Cal junior left-hander Michael Bugary's wild pitch.
Cal will next host No. 2-ranked Arizona State in a three-game Pac-10 series beginning on Friday, April 24 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Cal: Jeff Kobernus, two-run homer in the fourth inning.
Stanford: Brent Milleville, two-run homer in the third inning. Kellen Kiilsgaard, two-run homer in the fourth inning.