STANFORD – The Cal baseball team (29-24, 12-17) continued its momentum against its Bay Area rival, tallying 17 hits in a 15-5 victory at No. 14-ranked Stanford (37-16, 17-12) Saturday (May 26) at Sunken Diamond. The Golden Bears had three-hit games from sophomores Derek Campbell and Mike Reuvekamp, while senior designated hitter Chadd Krist had two doubles and is now the school record-holder with 64 career doubles. Krist has hit three doubles so far in the Stanford series.
Freshman left-hander Chris Muse-Fisher won in relief (3-1, 2.2 innings, two hits, one run, one walk, one strikeout) Saturday, while freshman right-hander Keaton Siomkin earned his first collegiate save (career-high 5.0 innings, three hits, two runs, one walk, three strikeouts).
Cal was able to perform well after playing an 18 inning game the night before (5-4 win) to take a 2-0 lead in the Pac-12 series versus Stanford. The two teams will play game three of the match-up Sunday, May 27 at 1 p.m. at Sunken Diamond.
The Bears took control of the game early, exploding for four runs in the second inning off of Stanford starter Brett Mooneyham (7-5, 3.2 innings, 10 hits, eight earned runs, one walk, one strikeout) with Krist hitting a one-out double, senior outfielder Chad Bunting getting a two-out RBI double; and Campbell, senior outfielder Danny Oh and junior outfielder Vince Bruno getting two-out RBI singles.
Stanford came back to get two runs in the bottom of the second inning when Bear sophomore left-hander Michael Theofanopoulos ran into control problems loading the bases with three straight walks. A Muse-Fisher wild pitch then allowed a run, and catcher Andrew Knapp’s errant throw after the wild pitch also gave Stanford a run.
But Cal tacked on five more runs in the fourth inning with Krist hitting a two-run double to left field. The Bears, who brought 10 players to the plate, were also aided by a Cardinal passed ball, a wild pitch and a throwing error. Cal continued the pressure with two runs in the sixth inning on Campbell’s two-run single, three runs in the seventh inning on a wild pitch and RBI singles from junior first baseman Mitch Delfino and Knapp, and a run in the ninth inning on Bunting’s RBI single.
The Cardinal utilized eight pitchers in the game. Besides Campbell’s and Reuvekamp’s three hits; Oh, Bruno, Delfino, Krist and Bunting had two hits apiece. Oh has now raised his batting average to .344 and has had six straight games with multiple hits. The Bears’ 15-5 win was their biggest margin of victory for the team this season since defeating Lehigh, 18-3, March 4 at Evans Diamond. It is Cal’s first series win over the Cardinal since 2009.
KNEW 960 AM, part of the IMG Sports Network, and Cal’s student radio, KALX 90.7 FM, will be broadcasting the final game of the Stanford series at 1 p.m. Sunday.