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Early Lead Slips Away In Walk-Off Loss

May 7, 2022
Dylan Beavers (right) tallied a team-high three hits in Cal's 8-7 loss at No. 11 Stanford on Saturday.

STANFORD, Calif. – California plated six runs in the first inning but saw its lead slip away in an eventual 8-7 walk-off loss against No. 11 Stanford on Saturday night at Sunken Diamond.
The Cardinal scored eight unanswered runs from the fourth inning on, capped by a bases-loaded walk drawn by Adam Crampton that brought Braden Montgomery home for the game winner in the bottom of the ninth. Stanford (28-14, 14-9 Pac-12) scored a pair in the fourth, one in the fifth and four in the sixth before plating the walk-off run to secure the Big Series victory.
Tied 7-7 in the top of the ninth, Cal (22-24, 11-15) had the go-ahead run on third base with one out after Hance Smith drew a leadoff walk and advanced on a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch. Stanford was able to escape the jam when it intentionally walked Keshawn Ogans and induced an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play in the following at bat.
Stanford put the winning run on third base in the home half when Montgomery doubled into the left-center gap and advanced to third on a booted ball, Cal's fourth error of the game. Josh White (1-6) got a groundout to second base for the first out before issuing a walk and an intentional walk in consecutive at bats to load the bases. After striking out Austin Kretzschmar for the second out, White couldn't find the zone against Crampton and walked him on five pitches, bringing home the winning run.
White took the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits and five walks in 3.2 innings of relief. He inherited one baserunner in the bottom of the sixth from starter Joseph King, who held Stanford to just two hits over the first five frames, but walked a career-high five batters and was tagged with four runs (three earned).
The Golden Bears held full control of the contest early, sending 10 batters to the plate with eight of them reach base consecutively in the six-run first inning. Smith opened the scoring barrage with an RBI single up the middle that plated Dylan Beavers, who doubled in the previous at bat, and two-run doubles by both Ogans and Cole Elvis added further damage. Stanford starter Drew Dowd was credited with six runs allowed and lasted just one-third of an inning before the Cardinal went to the bullpen.
Cal made it 7-0 when Ogans came home on a safety squeeze bunt by Jag Burden in the third. The run was the only one Cal could scratch across against Stanford reliever Joey Dixon, who scattered six hits and struck out four over five innings.
Stanford's rally began with a two-run home run by Kody Huff in the fourth and an unearned run in the fifth that resulted from a pair of fielding errors by the Bears. The Cardinal's fourth-run sixth inning was capped by Crampton's game-tying RBI single to right center.
Cal out-hit Stanford 11-8 and was led by a three-hit (two doubles) night by Beavers, who extended his reached base streak to 21 games.
Cal will try to salvage the Big Series on Sunday afternoon. First pitch from Sunken Diamond is scheduled for 2 p.m. PT.
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