April 11, 1998
The University of California baseball team fell to No. 1 ranked Stanford, 7-3, Saturday at Evans Diamond. The Bears go to 14-22 overall and 2-17 in the Six-Pac, while the Cardinal improve to 29-6-1 overall and 15-3 in conference.
Stanford was led by an outstanding pitching effort from junior right-hander Chad Hutchinson and the hitting of sophomore first baseman John Gall (2-for-5, two home runs), sophomore left fielder Edmund Muth (2-for-5, two doubles) and freshman right fielder Joe Borchard (4-for-5, RBI double). Hutchinson improved his record to 7-2 by pitching 8.0 innings with only three hits, three runs, four walks and eight strikeouts. After allowing a hit to the Bears Rob Meyer in the third inning, Hutchinson held Cal hitless until giving-up two hits in the ninth inning.
The Cardinal exploded for five runs in the third inning off of Bear starter Jon Shirley (2-4), who took the loss after pitching 4.7 innings with nine hits, six runs, one walk and three strikeouts. Key hits for Stanford in the third included a lead-off double by Muth, an RBI single by Jody Gerut, an RBI double by Borchard and a two-run homer by Tony Schrager. Gall ended-up hitting solo home runs in the fourth and the seventh innings to give the Cardinal their final seven runs.
Cal avoided the shutout by scoring three times in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI double by David Sark and a two-run single by Mike Tonis.
The Bears will next host Stanford for the third game of the three-game series Monday, Apr. 13 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond. Cal had upset the top-ranked Cardinal, 4-3, Friday, Apr. 10 at Stanford's Sunken Diamond.
Stanford: Schrager, two-run homer in the third. Gall, solo home run in the fourth. Gall, solo home run in the seventh.