BASEBALL LIVEBLOG: Card meets Cal in home opener

Feb. 20, 2013, 2:27 p.m.

Welcome to The Daily’s liveblog of the No. 15 Stanford baseball team’s 2013 home opener against Cal. We’ll be updating this page with instant coverage and analysis. Please refresh this page for the most recent updates. All times are Pacific.

First baseman Brian Ragira scored one of five Stanford runs in a home win against Cal to close out the regular season last May. The Golden Bears return to Sunken Diamond tonight to try and avenge that loss. (DAVID VERNON/
First baseman Brian Ragira scored one of five Stanford runs in a home win against Cal to close out the regular season last May. The Golden Bears return to Sunken Diamond tonight to try and avenge that loss. (DAVID VERNON/


7:54 PM: Stanford improves to 2-2 while the Bears fall to 3-1.

7:53 PM: Celsi strikes out swinging. FINAL SCORE: Stanford 5, Cal 0.

7:52 PM: Reuvekamp grounds out to short. Cal down to its final out.

7:51 PM: Grant Diede strikes out swinging on a 2-2 pitch on the outside corner. One out in the ninth.

7:49 PM: Lindquist takes a 5-0 lead into the top of the ninth.

7:48 PM: Paid attendance at tonight’s game: 1,198.

7:47 PM: Diekroeger and Ragira fly out. On to the top of the ninth.

7:43 PM: Jackson leads off the bottom of the eighth with a popout to shallow right.

7:39 PM: Brakeman gets Wark to ground 0ut and the runner advances. Dutto then chops out to short. Three more outs for the Card.

7:37 PM: Campbell strikes out and Taylor holds on this time. Press box buzzing with talk of a potential four-strikeout inning for Lindquist.

7:36 PM: Campbell slices one just foul down the first-base line. Would’ve been Cal’s first run.

7:35 PM: Sam Lindquist is the new pitcher for Stanford. He strikes out Paul but the pitch sneaks through to the backstop, so it’s a runner on first with no outs.

7:30 PM: Taylor lines out to left-center, barely misses the gap. We head to the top of the eighth with the score Stanford 5, Cal 0.

7:27 PM: Ringo strikes out swinging before Hoffpauir, who is still looking for the first hit of his career, lines out to center.

7:21 PM: Brakeman gets his second straight strikeout by freezing Rodriguez on an 0-2 count. We enter the seventh-inning stretch with the Card leading 5-0.

7:20 PM: After hitting a batter, Brakeman bounces back with a fielder’s choice and a strikeout.

7:15 PM: Kauppila grounds out and the inning is over.

7:13 PM: Ragira draws a walk and steals second, and Slater is hit by a 1-2 pitch. Two on and two out. Fourth batter hit by Cal pitching.

7:05 PM: Brakeman’s 2-2 fastball gets Kranson swinging and he’s out of the jam. Bottom of the sixth coming up, with Diekroeger leading off and Stanford still ahead 5-0.

7:04 PM: Count is 2-1 to Kranson. Pivotal moment here for Brakeman, the young pitcher.

7:03 PM: Dutto hit by 0-2 pitch, so Kranson, the eight-hitter, comes up with two outs and the bases loaded.

7:00 PM: Stanford bringing in freshman Marcus Brakeman in relief. Schmidt lasts 3.2 innings with three hits and no runs, but he is still responsible for the two runners on.

6:59 PM: Wark walks, and Dutto has the chance to narrow the Stanford lead to two. Runners on first and second with two outs.

6:56 PM: Schmidt gets his second strikeout of the evening as he nails Campbell on the inside corner. A wild pitch advances Paul.

6:54 PM: Schmidt plunks Rodriguez. Paul pops up and Diekroeger drops it, but he still gets the out at second. Paul’s feeling pretty glad he ran that one out.

6:49 PM: Jackson strikes out swinging and Stanford strands a runner at third. As we head to the top of the sixth, it’s 5-0 Cardinal.

6:45 PM: After a three-pitch strikeout by Hoffpauir (0-for-3), Taylor bounces out on a comebacker to the mound. Great play by Hildenberger to keep Ringo at third. Jackson to the plate with two out.

6:42 PM: Senior Justin Ringo pinch-hits for Guymon and triples down the first-base line on the first pitch. Kauppila comes around to score and Stanford leads 5-0.

6:41 PM: Leadoff walk for Kauppila. Stanford’s last six baserunners have reached without the ball leaving the infield.

6:37 PM: 1-2-3 top of the fifth for Schmidt, who has scattered three baserunners over 2.2 frames.

6:32 PM: Slater flies out to left and Stanford leads the bases loaded for the second time. But they extend the lead for the third time in four innings.

6:28 PM: Cal changes its pitcher with Slater, who is 2-for-2 tonight, coming to the plate. The Bears’ fourth hurler of the evening will be Trevor Hildenberger.

6:28 PM: Blandino walks on five pitches, and Taylor comes in to score. Three free bases for Stanford this inning as the Cardinal takes a 4-0 lead.

6:27 PM: Blandino works the count to 3-0 as Monsour nearly hits him.

6:25 PM: Ragira plunked — that’s Monsour’s third in two innings. Bases loaded for the Card’s best power hitter in the lineup, Blandino.

6:24 PM: Diekroeger out swinging on a 2-2 changeup. Ragira steps up to the plate.

6:22 PM: Jackson comes up with an infield single to short, and Stanford’s hottest hitter, Diekroeger, comes up with two on and one out.

6:19 PM: Hoffpauir grounds out, but Wayne Taylor gets skimmed by a 1-2 pitch. Jackson comes to the plate with one on.

6:14 PM: Michael Kranson grounds out to end the inning. Hoffpauir coming up in the bottom of the fourth.

6:12 PM: Wark lines a two-out single to Hoffpauir — payback for that second-inning snag. Another quick single and it’s two for the Bears.

6:04 PM: Guymon fouls out to end the threat, but Stanford extends its lead to three in the inning. Sophomore righty David Schmidt in for his second inning of work tonight.

6:03 PM: Kauppila walks. Guymon to the plate with the bases loaded.

6:01 PM: Back-to-back singles by Blandino and Slater and the Card is rallying with two out. That’s the second hit for Slater, with his first career hit coming in the first inning.

5:59 PM: Ragira grounds out to third, but Diekroeger beats out the throw at home. Adept running from the Cardinal junior, and it’s 3-0 Stanford.

5:57 PM: Wild pitch moves Diekroeger to third. 2-0 count to Brian Ragira.

5:56 PM: Diekroeger hit by 1-2 pitch. Runner on first with one out for Stanford in the bottom of the third.

5:51 PM: McArdle gets Rodriguez to ground into a one-out double play. Jackson coming up for the Card.

5:43 PM: 1-2-3 inning for Lowden. On to the third, still 2-0 Stanford. Top of the order leading off for Cal.

5:37 PM: Reuvekamp lines out to center to end the top of the second.

5:33 PM: After a walk and a single, Cal is threatening with runners at the corners and two outs. Hoffpauir nearly grabbed that last liner but the inning goes on.

5:27 PM: Cal tight end Jacob Wark flies out to the wall, where Cardinal safety Zach Hoffpauir makes the interception. Gotta love two-sport athletes. Two outs in the top of the second.

5:23 PM: Kauppila grounds into a double play after working the count to 3-1. Bears out of the inning, but Stanford gets four hits and two runs in the opening frame. Compare that to 15 hits all weekend and just one on Sunday.

5:17 PM: Pitching change for Cal. Junior Michael Lowden into the game for Muse-Fisher.

5:15 PM: Sophomore Austin Slater pinch hits for the DH spot and singles home Diekroeger. Runners on the corners, 2-0 Stanford.

5:13 PM: Brian Ragira singles on the first pitch he sees and Muse-Fisher is in trouble early. Cal bullpen getting warm. Alex Blandino advances both runners; two on, one out.

5:12 PM: Danny Diekroeger singles Jackson home, and the Cardinal takes an early 1-0 lead. Still no out in the first.

5:09 PM: Drew Jackson leads off with an infield single, his first career hit at Sunken Diamond. He then advances on defensive interference on a wild pickoff followed by a tackle by Cal first baseman Mitchell Kranson.

5:07 PM: McArdle strikes out Chris Paul (no, not that Chris Paul) looking to end the inning. The righty looks solid to start this one.

5:05 PM: McArdle gets two quick flyouts before Devon Rodriguez singles up the middle for Cal’s first baserunner.

5:02 PM: First pitch is an 87 mph fastball by McArdle for a strike.

4:48 PM: Eric Smith and Stephen Piscotty are among the recent Stanford baseball alumni in attendance. That’s the starting battery from the Cardinal’s 5-3 win the last time these two teams met.

4:35 PM: Dean McArdle, meanwhile, was the losing pitcher in that 18-inning series opener last May. That’s what you get for scattering three hits over six innings of long relief.

4:30 PM: Chris Muse-Fisher was a solid reliever for Cal as a freshman, posting a 1.93 ERA in 16 appearances. One of his three wins came against Stanford in that 15-5 beatdown by the Golden Bears.

4:20 PM: A few thoughts on Stanford’s side, all in the outfield. Austin Wilson is still out with a sore elbow, so Zach Hoffpauir (also a safety on the football team) gets his first career start in right. Brian Guymon continues to get opportunities as a junior and Drew Jackson breaks into the starting lineup for the third time in four games as a freshman.

4:14 PM: Tonight’s starting lineups:

Starting lineup 2-20-13


Marquess will eventually pinch-hit for Hochstatter, of course.

4:00 PM: Lineups coming out. Going to be interesting to see what Mark Marquess does to spark some hitting after last weekend’s offensive struggles.

3:19 PM: Stanford did win these teams’ only non-conference game 19-6 last season. Here’s to wishful thinking.

3:14 PM: The Friday loss in that series was one of the strangest, most emotional games in recent Sunken Diamond memory: 18 innings, six hours, 569 pitches, an ejection and a foul ball off the fence called a home run. Cal went on to win 5-4 when Tony Renda, now graduated, got his first hit in his eighth at-bat. The game tied the longest in each school’s history, and the Card looked beat up in its 15-5 loss the following afternoon.

3:07 PM: Stanford won two of its four games against Cal last season, but lost two of three in the conference series. That season-ending series loss — at Sunken Diamond, no less — was especially painful because it kept the Card from a share of the Pac-12 title. Stanford had won eight straight before dropping the first two against the Bears.

2:37 PM: Read up on the Bears with this season preview by The Daily Cal.

2:35 PM: Check out Sam Fisher’s preview of tonight’s game here, and his recap of the Rice series here. Sam traveled with the team to Houston for KZSU and will be on the call again tonight. And if you’re surprised it’s baseball season already, it can’t hurt to review our season preview here.

2:27 PM: Good afternoon! We’re about two and a half hours away from first pitch at Sunken Diamond, where Stanford’s home-opener will finally be played after a rain delay on Tuesday. The No. 15 Cardinal (1-2) is looking to bounce back from a shaky start at No. 13 Rice last weekend, while the Golden Bears (3-0) are hoping to stay hot after sweeping unranked Michigan in Berkeley with three walk-off wins.

Joseph Beyda is the editor in chief of The Stanford Daily. Previously he has worked as the executive editor, webmaster, football editor, a sports desk editor, the paper's summer managing editor and a beat reporter for football, baseball and women's soccer. He co-authored The Daily's recent football book, "Rags to Roses," and covered the soccer team's national title run for the New York Times. Joseph is a senior from Cupertino, Calif. majoring in Electrical Engineering. To contact him, please email jbeyda "at"

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