Sophomore third baseman Jeff Kobernus was 3-for-4 with two RBI Saturday at Stanford.
May 10, 2008
STANFORD, CALIF. - Sophomore third baseman Jeff Kobernus went 3-for-4, including a clutch two-run single in the seventh inning, as the No. 16-ranked California baseball team defeated No. 6-ranked Stanford, 5-2, Saturday at Sunken Diamond. The Golden Bears improved to 32-15-2 on the year and 11-9 in the Pac-10. Stanford goes to 28-18-2 and 10-7 in league play. With the win, Cal captures the series, having defeated the Cardinal, 4-3 in 10 innings, Friday night.
The winning pitcher for Cal was junior left-hander Craig Bennigson (4-3), who threw 6.0 innings with seven hits, two runs, one earned run, two walks and four strikeouts. The Bears also received outstanding relief pitching as sophomore right fielder/pitcher Blake Smith threw 2.0 innings with no hits, no walks and four strikeouts, while junior right-hander Matt Gorgen, winner of Friday night's game, earned his ninth save of the year by throwing the ninth inning (two hits, one strikeout). Gorgen's ninth save this season is second on Cal's all-time single-season save list, and his 20th career save is second on the Bears' all-time career save list.
The losing pitcher for Stanford was top starter Erik Davis, who saw his record drop to 7-2, throwing 7.2 innings with six hits, five runs, four walks and seven strikeouts.
Cal scored its first run of the day in the top of the third inning when Kobernus led-off with a single to left and advanced to second on junior shortstop Michael Brady's sacrifice bunt. Junior left fielder Charlie Cutler later drove in Kobernus with an RBI single up the middle. Stanford came back with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning when Jeff Whitlow led-off with a single off of Bennigson's leg, and then advanced to third when Bennigson threw wildly to first base. After Bennigson was able to strikeout Zach Jones, he yielded a run scoring single to Jake Schlander. In an exciting play that followed, Colin Walsh doubled, but Schlander was thrown out at the plate on a relay throw from sophomore center fielder Brett Jackson to senior second baseman Josh Satin to sophomore catcher Dylan Tonneson. Bennigson then got Toby Gerhart to ground out to shortstop to end the inning.
Stanford took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning when Whitlow single to lead-off the inning, was sacrificed to second and scored on Schlander's RBI single to right field.
Cal was able to take control of the game by scoring three runs in the seventh inning on Kobernus' key two-run single to right field, and Brady's run-scoring bunt. The Bears added an insurance run in the top of the eighth on Tonneson's RBI single up the middle off of Stanford reliever Alex Pracher for the final 5-2 score.
Cal plays Stanford in the final game of the three-game Pac-10 series, Sunday, May 11 at 1 p.m. at Sunken Diamond.