April 27, 1997
Cal Falls to No. 5 Stanford, 12-6
BERKELEY, Calif. - The University of California baseball team fell to No. 5 ranked Stanford, 12-6, Sunday at Evans Diamond. Cal goes to 17-34 overall and 3-24 in Pac-10 Southern Division play, while Stanford improves to 33-13 overall and 17-7 in league.
Stanford ended up sweeping Cal for the 1997 season. It was the first time the Cardinal had swept the Bears in league play since the 1990 season. Stanford won three straight earlier in the season and defeated Cal 14-2 on Friday and 8-0 Saturday.
The Cardinal were led by a complete game effort from sophomore starter Chad Hutchinson and four home runs--including two home runs by catcher Jon Schaeffer and home runs by Chris Clark and Luke Quaccia.
After the game was tied 2-2 going into the third inning, Stanford exploded for five runs in the third inning, including back to back home runs by Schaeffer and Quaccia, and three runs in the fourth inning to take a 10-2 lead. The Bears were able to get within 10-6 when Dan Garfin hit a grand slam home run off of Hutchinson in the fourth inning. Cal reliever Reed Goemann was able to hold the Cardinal for three innings before giving up a two-run homer to Schaeffer in the eighth inning for the final 12-6 score.
Hutchinson improved his record to 4-3 pitching nine innings with seven hits, five earned runs, two walks and seven strikeouts. The losing pitcher for Cal was freshman starter Brad Steele, who went 2 2/3 innings with seven hits, three earned runs, two walks and two strikeouts.
Cal will next travel to Santa Clara Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Stanford: Jon Shaeffer, solo home run in the third and two-run homer in the eighth; Luke Quaccia, solo home run in the third. Chris Clark, two-run homer in the fourth.
Cal: Dan Garfin, grand slam home run in the fourth inning.