February 22, 1999
STANFORD, Calif. - In one of the craziest and most dramatic games in recent California baseball history, a Kevin Johnson solo home run in the 14th inning gave the Golden Bears a 3-2 victory over host Stanford Monday night in the third game of a three-game non-conference series at Sunken Diamond. The Bears improve to 6-8 on the year, while the No. 5 Cardinal fell to 10-4. Cal had lost to Stanford, 9-7, Friday, and 5-3, Sunday, at Sunken Diamond.
Johnson, who is a pitcher on the Bear staff and did not have an at-bat this season prior to Monday's game, hit an 0-1 change-up from Stanford reliever Tony Cogan (0-1, 4.0 innings, two hits, one run, one walk, four strikeouts) over the left field fence for the game-winner. Johnson had come into the game in left field in the bottom of the 13th inning and had hit his home run with two outs in the top of the 14th.
The winning pitcher for Cal was freshman right-hander Trevor Hutchinson (2-0), who is the younger brother of former of Stanford football and baseball star Chad Hutchinson. Hutchinson replaced Bear starter Jason Dennis in the 10th inning a proceeded to pitch 5.0 innings with no hits, no runs, four walks and five strikeouts. Dennis had pitched an outstanding game as he went 9.0 innings with four hits, only one earned run, four walks and tied a career-high with seven strikeouts.
A top hitter for Cal was sophomore third baseman Xavier Nady, who went 3-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in the first inning. Stanford tied the game, 1-1, in the bottom of the first when the Bears right fielder Preston Sharp dropped a fly ball hit by Josh Hochgesang, allowing John Gall to score. Cal took the lead in the fourth inning when Nady led-off the inning with a double and later scored on an RBI single by David Sark. The Cardinal then tied the game 2-2 on an RBI double by Hochgesang in the sixth inning.
The Bears outhit Stanford, 9-4, and for the game, Cal and the Cardinal pitchers combined for 30 strikeouts.
The Bears will next host Sacramento State Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond on the Cal campus.
Home Runs: Stanford: None. Cal: Nady, solo home run in the first inning. K. Johnson, solo home run in the 14 th inning.