Baseball Tops Cal 9-4

November may have Big Game, but March has the Stanford Cardinal and the California Bears squaring off in baseball, Men's Basketball, and Women's Basketball, all on one day. After an 11-2 drubbing of the Bears on Friday, the Stanford Baseball team looked to make it six in a row against the Bears on Saturday, extending back to 2002. Read on for details.

Stanford 9, California 4
March 8, 2003
 

Rivarly day for the Cardinal and the Golden Bears got underway at 1 PM at Sunken Diamond. Three hours and one minute later, the Cardinal defeated California for the second consecutive day and the sixth straight game. For Stanford, the key was great team hitting. The Cardinal scored 9 runs today and have now scored 48 runs in the past four games. 

Much like yesterday, the scoring came early. After a scoreless top half of the first, Sam Fuld led off the game with a walk issued by Brian Montalbo. Montalbo entered the game with a penchant for walks; he had walked 10 in 16.2 innings coming into the game. However, Fuld was promptly picked off. Hall walked with one out and Carlos Quentin extended his hit streak to eight with a double off the glove of Cal RF Brian Horwitz. With one out and two runners on, Ryan Garko grounded to short to drive home the first run of the day, and Danny Putnam's RBI single gave Stanford an early 2-0 lead. 

McCally worked through small jams in the second and third without allowing a run, and the Cardinal went to work offensively in the bottom of the third. With one out, Quentin walked for the 18th time this year, and Garko ripped a double off the wall in center driving home Quentin. Garko's second RBI of the day would extend his team lead to 25 RBI. He moved to third on a throwing error by the shortstop, and scored on Danny Putnam's second RBI of the day, a Sac Fly to left. Stanford had a four run cushion with which Ryan McCally would work. 

McCally would give up a run in the fourth on Jeff Dragicevich's RBI 2B. Scott's brother came into the game with only a .178 average but had two RBI today. Mac would strike out two more in the fourth and one in the fifth to bring his total to six on the day. Leading 4-1, Stanford scored in the fifth without a hit. Fuld was hit by the pitch, moved to second on an error, to third on a passed ball, and scored on a Quentin Sac Fly. At 5-1 and with McCally cruising, the Cardinal seemed to be in firm command. 

However, Cal struck back in the sixth. With one out, McCally hit James Holder and gave up an RBI triple to powerful Justin Nelson. After a Dragicevich Sac Fly, the Cardinal led 5-3. But McCally got himself into more trouble, giving up a hit to David Nicholson and walking freshman Allen Craig, and was pulled from the game after 114 pitches. David O'Hagan preserved the 5-3 lead by inducing a flyout. McCally's final line: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 6 K. 

As they did all day, Stanford answered back. A one out single by John Mayberry Jr. extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Mayberry has been remarkable, hitting in 13 straight and 19 of 20. His outstanding start has been more than even Mark Marquess could have asked. Still at first with two outs, Mayberry advanced to third as Jonny Ash, starting for the first time since the Florida St. series, doubled to left field, just out of the reach of Turner. After Chris Lewis walked, Brian Montalbo was yanked from the game. Travis Talbott entered with 2 outs and the bases loaded to face Sam Fuld. The lefty Talbott clearly was on to record just one out. However, he was unable to do so as with an 0-2 count, Fuld punched it through the left side for a two RBI single and Stanford took a commanding 7-3 lead. 

One last threat came about in the 7th for Cal. O'Hagan gave up a one out double to Chris Grossman and walked Brian Horwitz. Facing James Holder, O'Hagan got ahead but hit him with a 3-2 breaking ball to lead the bases. Matt Manship came on but couldn't find Ruben Candelaria's strike zone, walking Nelson on four pitches to bring home a run and cut the lead to 7-4. However, Manship got a big strikeout of Dragicevich and got David Nicholson to ground out, ending the inning up three. 

In the eighth, Mark Marquess again went to his bullpen, this time for Kodiak Quick. The young right hander had his best performance of his career, as Quick would earn his first save, pitching two perfect innings. He struck out the top three in the Cal order in the eighth in order, including Conor Jackson, Cal's All-American. Stanford scored two more in the eight on a Lewis RBI double and a Brian Hall RBI single, and Quick polished off the Bears in the order in the ninth for his first career save.

 

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WP: Ryan McCally (3-1)
LP: Brian Montalbo (2-1)

Save: Kodiak Quick (1)

Records: Stanford (13-7), California (11-7) 

Notes:

  • Stanford's nine runs today give them 48 in their last four games.
  • John Mayberry Jr. extended his hit streak to 13 games with an infield single in the sixth.
  • Carlos Quentin extended his own hit streak to 8 games with his first inning double.
  • Cal's mistakes doomed them for a second straight day, as the Bears would commit three more errors for a total of seven in the series.
  • Garko's 2 RBI gives him a team leading 25 RBI.
  • Conor Jackson went 0-4 today, leaving him 0-6 in the series and 3-30 in the last two years against Stanford.
  • Ryan McCally pitched well but again tired around 100 pitches. He did strike out 6 and again looked sharp in the first few innings.
  • The Cardinal will look for their second sweep of the season tomorrow at 1:00 PM. Stanford is expected to start LHP Mark Romanczuk while the Bears will likely throw RHP Kyle Crist. The game will start on KZSU, 90.1 FM but will go to the KZSU2 channel on the internet (kzsulive.stanford.edu) at 2:45 with the start of Women's Basketball in the Pac-10 Tournament. Chad Goldberg and Nick Kapur will call the action.

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