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Stanford loses another baseball game; readies for a road trip

 

The results weren't what Stanford expected following its season-opening four-game homestand but there's plenty of baseball to be played and the Cardinal is anything but worried.

Stanford dropped an 11-1 decision to visiting California on Monday in a nonconference game, its third loss in the season's first four games.

"I thought we would come out and get after teams," Cardinal shortstop Drew Jackson said. "It's unfortunate to lose three games already."

Stanford's first three games were each decided by one run. The Bears scored four runs before an out was recorded. Brett Cumberland, Cal's freshman catcher, personally produced seven runs on two swings of his bat.

"The starters gave us a chance to win in the first three games," Stanford coach Mark Marquess said. "A lot of position players got the chance to play and a lot of guys got the chance the pitch. We're just not doing enough to win."

The Cardinal (1-3) goes on the road for the first time when it visits Cal State Fullerton for a three-game series beginning Friday at 7 p.m. Stanford returns home to face Nevada next Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

"We're young and we have a lot to improve upon," Jackson said. "I think the nerves were still there to an extent. A lot of pitchers did well. The hitting hasn't clicked yet."

Colton Hock, Gabe Cramer, Chris Viall and Andrew Summerville were bright spots amid the glum of Monday's loss. The pitchers combined to allow one run on two hits in 5 1/3 innings of relief work.

Summerville, a freshman left-hander out of Seattle, struck out the side in his one inning. Hock gave up Cumberland's second home run of the day and then retired seven straight.

Even starter Keith Weisenberg had his moments. He gave up two singles and hit a batter ahead of Cumberland's grand slam in the top of the first inning. He settled in and retired seven in a row, including a pair of strikeouts, before running into trouble again.

Stanford was limited to four hits against three California pitchers and carries a .225 batting average into this weekend's action. Cardinal pitchers had a 2.57 ERA entering Monday's blowout.

"Our work ethic is fine," Marquess said. "We just have to get better. We have to improve our execution and hopefully get some hits. Our defense hasn't been great but it hasn't been poor. Any time you give a team extra outs it will usually come back to bite you."

Men's golf

Defending tournament champion Stanford has its work cut out at The Prestige at PGA West, sitting in 10th through 18 holes after Monday's round.

Stirling leads the tournament with a 12-under 276. Stanford is 16 shots back in 10th with an even-par 288. The three-day event is being contested at the par-72 Nicklaus Tournament Course and resumes Tuesday.

Maverick McNealy anchored the Cardinal with a 4-under 68, putting him in a tie for fourth among individuals. McNealy will be chasing Arizona State's Jon Rahm, whose 6-under 66 leads all players.

The only bogey in McNealy's first round came on the par-5, 527-yard seventh. He was 2-under heading into the hole, and rebounded with three birdies during a bogey-free back nine.

Viraat Badhwar and Jeffrey Swegle shared 38th place with matching rounds of 73. Swegle managed four birdies during his 1-over round. He was 1-under on the back and 2-over for the round.

Franklin Huang was 3-over through 10 and got back on track with three straight birdies during holes 11-13. Huang is tied for 53rd at 2-over.

David Boote was 1-under through two holes but went without a birdie for the rest of the day, finishing at 4-over with a 76.

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