STANFORD, Calif. -- For 3.1 innings, California freshman Rogelio Reyes was humming. The first-year righty had needed just 42 pitches to get through the first 11 Stanford batters, but then allowed back-to-back doubles in the fourth, sparking an eight-run Cardinal rally that led to an 8-4 Stanford win.
The victory was the 1,600th of head coach Mark Marquess's career, and his 154th against the Golden Bears. His 1,500th win also came against Cal, on March 4, 2014. Marquess became one of five NCAA Division I head coaches to reach 1,600, with two other coaches having won 1,600 with one program.
The evening for the Bears echoed the painful sweep two weekends ago at the hands of UCLA -- when Cal (12-14) coughed up a pair of 4-0 leads to lose 9-5 and 9-4 -- and sapped what momentum the Bears had after a sweep of their own against Washington State this weekend past.
Cal got ahead 2-0 in the top of the third on a one-out slicing line drive to center off the bat of shortstop Cameron Eden -- which cashed in a leadoff single from Max Flower -- and a double off the wall by Pac-12 home run leader Andrew Vaughn. Flower had ended the bottom of the second with a sliding grab in foul ground on a pop fly by Jack Klein.
The No. 20 Cardinal (15-9) stormed back one inning later, sent 12 men to the plate in the bottom of the fourth and rattling out eight hits, perhaps the most damaging of which was a towering one-out drive to left center by Alex Dunlap. Center fielder Jonah Davis, on a dead run, stuck his glove into the air and appeared to make the grab, but couldn't hold on. Third baseman Daniel Bakst -- aboard on a one-out, first-pitch double of his own -- held up between second and third, thinking Davis would make the grab, but hadn't begun to retreat when the ball popped out of the sophomore center fielder's mitt.
Reyes then walked sophomore second baseman Duke Kinamon, before being lifted for freshman lefty Arman Sabouri. After a slow grounder to short off the bat of Jack Klein allowed a run to score on a force at second, Sabouri allowed two infield singles off his glove (both of which could have turned into inning-ending double plays), a pair of RBI singles to the left center and right center gaps and a bleeding grounder through the left side by Quinn Brodey. With the score 6-2, senior Ian Lutz took over, and promptly allowed a pop fly single to right by Bakst -- into no-man's land between three Bears -- to score another two runs.
The Bears got two of those runs back on a two-run rally in the fifth, with a fisted infield single to the right side by Tyrus Greene, a walk to Jeffrey Mitchell and the Bears' second off-the-bag hit of the game, with Vaughn doubling off the third-base sack to plate two. Mitchell, himself, had reached on a single that popped off the front of the first base bag with one out in the first. Vaughn's double would be Cal's final hit.