April 1, 2013
STANFORD, CALIF. - In a tight ballgame at Sunken Diamond, Cal baseball was edged by Stanford, 4-3, Monday night in a non-conference contest on The Farm. The Golden Bears dropped to 16-13 overall and will next travel to defending national champion Arizona, April 5-7, at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson.
Cal struck first in its battle with its Bay Area rival on sophomore third baseman Chris Paul's solo home run to left field off of Stanford starter John Hochstatter in the second inning. It was Paul's third home run in the past two games as he had a three-run homer and a grand slam last Saturday versus USC.
The Cardinal came back with three runs in the bottom of the third inning with Austin Slater hitting a three-run homer off of the Bears' sophomore left-hander Chris Muse-Fisher (1-2, 3.0 innings, two hits, three runs, one walk, three strikeouts). Stanford added another run in the fourth inning on Dominic Jose's sacrifice fly to left field off of junior right-hander Ryan Wertenberger.
Cal got a run back in the fifth inning when freshman center fielder Devin Pearson led off the frame with a bunt single and eventually scored on David Schmidt's wild pitch. The Bears finally got within 4-3 with a run in the seven inning on junior catcher Andrew Knapp's RBI single down the left field line.
Knapp also had a clutch two-out double in the top of the ninth inning to finish the evening 2-for-3 with an RBI. Senior right-hander Logan Scott was exceptional in relief for the Bears, throwing 2.0 shutout innings with five strikeouts.