Card Sweep Cal; Win Streak At Eight

Sunday was a good day for the Cardinal baseball team. Stanford completed the sweep of California with a 9-7 victory thanks to a 13-hit offensive attack and some impressive work from the bullpen. The win extended the Cardinal's winning streak to eight games and was the 2,500th in the program's history. Meanwhile, an injured player returned to the field for the first time in over a year.

It was another close game and another Stanford victory on Sunday afternoon at Sunken Diamond.  The Cardinal used a 13-hit offensive attack and a six-run third inning en route to a 9-7 victory over the visiting California Golden Bears to complete the sweep of the non-conference series.  The win was Stanford's eighth in a row and improved their overall record to an impressive 10-5 through 15 games.

The Cardinal took the lead for good Sunday thanks to a huge bottom of the third inning.  Trailing 4-1, Adam Sorgi, who was making just his second start of the season, started the rally with a sharp single to center field.  A walk to leadoff hitter Sean Ratliff put a pair of runners on before Brendan Domaracki bounced a single into right field plating Sorgi.

A key at-bat took place next when Michael Taylor grounded a double play ball to shortstop.  The Bears got the force on Domaracki at second, but second baseman Josh Satin's throw to first bounced past his intended target and rolled into the dugout.  Ratliff was going to score anyway, but the wild throw allowed Taylor, who was representing the tying run, to reach base safely and move up to second.

The Cardinal would then cash in.  A walk to Joey August put runners on first and second before Jason Castro singled to score Taylor with the tying run.  Ryan Seawell followed with an RBI single of his own to give Stanford a 5-4 lead.  Then two batters later, Cord Phelps stepped to the plate and delivered a clutch two-out triple to deep center field scoring a pair runners for a 7-4 Cardinal advantage.  When the dust had settled, Stanford had sent ten batters to the plate in the bottom of the third with six coming home to score.

Nolan Gallagher made the start on the mound for Stanford this afternoon and was unable to pitch out of the fourth inning.  Gallagher's early-season struggles continued as the junior, who had been starting on Friday's before this weekend, allowed four runs (all earned) on six hits in his 3 2/3 innings.  The junior struck out the side as part of a 1-2-3 top of the second, but labored in his other three innings.

Cal struck for two runs in the first capped by Ryan Hanlon's solo home run.  In the third, the Bears scored two more runs on a double from Mike Van Winden into the left field corner.  Then in the fourth, Cal threatened with two outs thanks to a walk followed by a single.  The hit knocked Gallagher out of the game as two-way player Austin Yount was summoned from the bullpen.

Yount pitched out of the fourth to keep Stanford in front, 7-4, and then went on to fire hitless fifth and sixth innings.  It was a solid long relief outing from the sophomore as Yount managed to keep the Bears off the scoreboard during the middle frames.  Yount allowed a pair of hits to start the seventh which led to a run, but the Arizona native was still credited with the victory - his second of the year.

In that seventh inning, Yount left the contest with a runner on first base and none out with Stanford ahead by an 8-5 score.  The top of the order and three left-handed hitters were due up, so Mark Marquess went to his left-handed specialist out of the bullpen : Blake Hancock.  The sophomore, who was making his seventh appearance of the year (second only to David Stringer), calmly came in and set down a pair of right-handed pinch-hitters on a groundout and a strikeout to start his day.  Then Hancock retired the potent bat of David Cooper on a groundout to first base retiring the side and keeping Stanford in front by three scores.

To start the eighth, Marquess again went to the bullpen bringing Max Fearnow into the game.  Fearnow, who recorded the save during Saturday's 5-4 win, quickly disposed of the first two batters of the frame before three straight singles loaded the bases.  With left-hander Charlie Cutler due up, Marquess then summoned his other lefty in the bullpen : Tom Stilson.  Stilson though would have to face the right-handed bat of pinch-hitter Dylan Tonneson and was unaffected by the change retiring the hitter on one pitch - a routine fly out to center.

Stanford scored their ninth and final run of the afternoon in the bottom of the eighth when Ratliff led off with a triple into the right center gap and scored on a one-out passed ball.

In the ninth, Stringer was called into pitch despite it not being a save situation.  The first batter Stringer faced reached base safely when Seawell mishandled a ground ball at third base for an error.  Rich Gorman followed with a ringing double to deep right field putting men on second and third before Cooper brought home both runners with a single.  That hit cut the Stanford lead in half bringing the score to 9-7.

Stringer though would settle down getting Hanlon on a groundout before a strikeout of Satin.  After Jeff Kobernus singled to bring the potential go-ahead run to the plate, Stringer got Michael Capbarat to groundout to catcher Brent Milleville on a swinging bunt ending the game. 


BOXSCORE

California    2 0 2  0 0 0  1 0 2   -   7  14   1
Stanford      1 0 6  1 0 0  0 1 X   -   9  13   1

California         POS  AB   R   H  RBI  BB  SO
Stephen Carlson     3B   2   2   1   0    1   0
 Michael Brady     PH/3B 2   1   0   0    0   0
Mike Van Winden     1B   2   0   1   2    1   0
 Taylor Grigsby     PH   1   0   0   0    0   1
 Rich Gorman        2B   1   1   1   0    0   0
David Cooper        DH   5   0   1   3    0   0
 Brett Jackson      PR   0   0   0   0    0   0
Ryan Hanlon         LF   5   1   1   1    0   0
Josh Satin         2B/1B 5   0   0   0    0   2
Jeff Kobernus       CF   5   0   3   0    0   1
Blake Smith         RF   3   0   0   0    0   2
 Michael Capbarat  PH/RF 2   0   1   0    0   0
Brett Munster       SS   3   1   2   0    1   1
Charlie Cutler       C   3   1   3   1    0   0
 Dylan Tonneson    PH/C  1   0   0   0    0   0

E: Satin
2B: Van Winden, Gorman, Munster
HR: Hanlon (2nd, 1st inning, 0 on, 2 out)
SB: Carlson
CS: Kobernus

                      IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO
Alex Rollin (L)      2.1   4   5   5   2   1
Craig Bennigson      2.2   6   3   3   0   0
Nick Nunez           1.0   1   0   0   0   0
Matt Gorgen          2.0   2   1   0   0   4



Stanford           POS  AB   R   H  RBI  BB  SO   AVG
Sean Ratliff        CF   4   4   3   0    1   0  .300
Brendan Domaracki   DH   5   0   2   2    0   1  .269
Michael Taylor      RF   5   1   1   1    0   0  .246
Joey August         LF   4   1   1   1    1   0  .250
Jason Castro        1B   4   1   1   1    0   1  .160
Ryan Seawell        3B   3   1   2   1    0   1  .359
Brent Milleville     C   4   0   1   0    0   0  .257
Cord Phelps        SS/2B 3   0   1   2    0   1  .277
Adam Sorgi          2B   4   1   1   0    0   1  .222
 J.J. Jelmini       2B   0   0   0   0    0   0  .000
 Adam Gaylord       SS   0   0   0   0    0   0  .319

E: Seawell
2B: Ratliff
3B: Ratliff, Milleville, Phelps
HBP: Seawell, Phelps
CS: Domaracki

                      IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO   ERA
Nolan Gallagher      3.2   6   4   4   2   4  7.36
Austin Yount (W)     2.1   2   1   1   1   1  5.79
Blake Hancock        1.0   0   0   0   0   1  6.75
Max Fearnow          0.2   3   0   0   0   0  3.00
Tom Stilson          0.1   0   0   0   0   0  5.79
David Stringer       1.0   3   2   1   0   1  2.45


WP: Austin Yount (2-0)
LP: Alex Rollin (3-1)

Records: Stanford (10-5), California (7-10)


NOTES
* Sorgi made his first start of the season in the field getting the nod at second base and going 1-for-4 with a single.  Defensively, Sorgi is still clearly not 100% as the redshirt junior wasn't putting much on his throws to first.  With the glove, it was the Sorgi of old as he made a diving stop on a first-inning ground ball, got up, and threw out the runner at first.  Later in the game, Sorgi made a fantastic play fielding a short-hop while racing to his right and then managed to throw out the runner.  All in all, Sorgi obviously isn't at full strength, but there's hope he may be able to play a key role on this team, offensively and defensively, during the Pac-10 season.

* Stanford's eight-game winning streak is their longest since they won eight straight in 2004 (March 23-April 3).  Meanwhile, the Cardinal also remained perfect this season at Sunken Diamond (9-0).

* Today's victory was also the 2,500th in the history of Stanford Baseball (114th season).  The Cardinal are the fifth school to reach the milestone - Fordham, Texas, USC, and Michigan.

* Another milestone today as Marquess notched his 1,267th career victory at Stanford which ties him with former Miami coach Ron Fraser for 11th-place on the all-time NCAA Division I win list.  Marquess is sixth among active Division I coaches.

* Ratliff led the offensive attack today with three hits - a single, a double, and a triple.  From the leadoff spot in the lineup, Ratliff scored seven runs in the final two games of the series.

* The Cardinal pitching staff did an excellent job on Cal's David Cooper all weekend.  The reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week went just 1-for-12 during the series with the lone hit coming in the ninth inning today.

* All nine starters in the Stanford lineup had at least one hit.  The Cardinal also hit three triples.

* Taylor extended his hitting streak to six games with a sixth-inning single.

* J.J. Jelmini, a late-inning defensive replacement for Sorgi at second base, left the game in the top of the ninth after a hard slide from Brett Jackson in an attempt to break-up a double play.

* Stringer appeared in his eighth consecutive game out of the bullpen.  He pitched a total of 2 2/3 innings during this series.

* The crowd of 1,952 was the largest of the season at Sunken Diamond.

* With today's win, the Cardinal clinched at least a tie in the season-series with the Bears.  It's the 29th consecutive season that Stanford has not lost a season-series to California (1978).  The teams will play a three-game conference series in Berkeley, April 20-22.


ON DECK
The Cardinal return to action on Tuesday evening with a single non-conference game at Santa Clara.  The Broncos are 10-10 this season after splitting a home-and-home, two-game series with San Jose State this weekend.  First pitch at Schott Stadium is scheduled for 6:00 P.M.

Next weekend, Stanford hosts the USC Trojans (13-7) for a three-game, non-conference series at Sunken Diamond.  The series will mark the Cardinal's final three games before their two-week break for final exams. 

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