STANFORD, CALIF. – Brenden Farney had a key RBI single in the 10th inning and Trevor Hildenberger was stellar in relief as Cal defeated Stanford, 7-4 in 10 innings Saturday at Sunken Diamond. It was the Golden Bears' second straight Pac-12 victory to improve to 17-20 overall and 6-10 in the Pac-12.
Stanford is now 17-18 overall and 6-10 in league play. The two teams continue the series Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. and Monday, April 28 at 6 p.m. Both those games will be shown on the Pac-12 Networks.
With the score tied, 4-4, Cal exploded for three runs in the top of the 10 th when freshman outfielder Aaron Knapp led-off with a single and later scored on Farney’s clutch one-out single to left center field. Freshman Lucas Erceg gave the Bears two more runs with a single to center field.
Meanwhile, Hildenberger earned the win in relief, throwing the final 2.2 innings with three hits, no runs, two walks and three strikeouts. He had a key strikeout of Austin Slater with runners on first and second base to get out of the bottom of the ninth inning.
Cal had scored two runs in the third inning on a fielder’s choice RBI by Knapp and a two-out RBI double down the left field line by junior right fielder Derek Campbell.
Stanford got a run in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by Danny Diekroeger, but the Bears responded with a another run in the top of the fourth inning on sophomore catcher Mitchell Kranson’s RBI double, scoring Brian Celsi who had a two-out walk and stole second base.
The Cardinal tied the game, 3-3, with two runs in the fifth inning on an RBI triple to left center field by Brett Michael Doran and a sacrifice fly to right field by Diekroeger.
Stanford took the lead, 4-3, in the sixth inning when Brent Whiting had a two-out RBI single off of Cal freshman starter Daulton Jefferies (2-5, 6.0 innings, eight hits, four runs, one walk, three strikeouts).
The Bears came back to tie the contest, 4-4, on senior first baseman Devon Rodriguez’s RBI single in the top of the eighth inning.
Cal finished with nine hits on the day, including two by Farney.