Behind some brilliant pitching by Stanford freshman Tristan Beck (he struck out 8 of the first 9 Bears he faced), Stanford takes game 2 by a 5-1 score over the Bears.
The Cal offense did eventually get some good contact, but again it was doomed by some bad sequencing.
Stanford took an early lead thanks to a couple of (non-trivial) plays not made by the Bears in the first.
STANFORD, Calif. – The California Golden Bears (25-17, 11-12 Pac-12) dropped game two to the Stanford Cardinal (22-19, 9-11 Pac-12) 5-1 on Friday night at Sunken Diamond to even the series. Stanford Freshman righty Tristan Beck struck out eight of the first nine hitters he faced, and tossed seven shutout innings, allowing three hits and fanning nine to improve to 5-4 on the year. Cal senior designated hitter Devin Pearson went 2-for-4 on the day, and senior third basemanMitchell Kranson drove in the lone run for the Bears with an eighth inning RBI single. Stanford scored three in the first and added a pair in the fourth on a two-run shot by outfielder Jack Klein.
“[Tristan Beck] did a nice job tonight,” head coach David Esquer. “He had four pitches and was just out there throwing; he threw three or four pitches for strikes. They jumped us at the start. Like I told our team, there were just a few plays that we normally make and a couple of pitches that we normally make. If you give that pitcher three, he’s able to relax and pitch with a little ease. I actually thought offensively that we played a little better than the scoreboard shows. I thought we squared quite a few baseballs, but didn’t have anything to show for it. I think that’s something to build on for tomorrow.”
The Big Series is now tied at 1-1. The rubber game is on Saturday night at 7pm PT.
California Golden Bears (25-16, 11-11 in Pac-12) at Stanford Cardinal (21-19, 8-11 in Pac-12)
Where: Sunken Diamond (Stanford, CA)
When: 7 pm PT
TV: Pac-12 Bay Area
Probable Starters: RHP Tanner Dodson (2-3, 2.83 ERA) vs. RHP Tristan Beck (4-4, 2.09 ERA)
Friday result: Cal 4, Stanford 1 (Ryan Mason with the win, Erik Martinez with the save)
Bears will go for the Pac-12 series win (1st time since sweeping UCLA a month ago) tonight when they take on Stanford down at the Farm. Freshman Tanner Dodson, who recently moved into the rotation but will likely be challenging sophomore Matt Ladrech (tomorrow's starter) for the "Sunday starter" role once Daulton Jefferies is back, will be on the mound for the Bears.
After scoring two runs in the Top of 1st (the interesting move of putting Mitchell "El Gaucho" Kranson at the top of the order despite his lack of speed worked as the Bears took an 1-0 lead after singles by the first three batters - Kranson, Tenerowicz, and Cumberland), the Bears never trailed on Thursday night - although Stanford did threaten a few times. Let's see if the Bears can duplicate that result today.