Freshman Cumberland’s two homers power Cal past Stanford 

STANFORD — Freshman catcher Brett Cumberland hit two home runs, including a first-inning grand slam, as the Cal baseball team routed rival Stanford in a nonconference game Monday at Sunken Diamond.

After Cumberland, the switch-hitter from Turlock who was 3-for-11 during a season-opening three-game series against fifth-ranked Texas Tech over the weekend, staked the Golden Bears (1-3) to a 4-0 lead in the first, Cal tacked on two runs in the third (Cumberland flied out to center) and put the game out of reach in the third as Cumberland’s three-run blast capped a five-run third inning to make it 11-0. Cumberland finished 2-for-4.

While Cal was scoring almost at will, Bears freshman Matt Ladrech scattered three hits and two walk while striking out four in seven shutout innings in his collegiate debut.

Senior first baseman Chris Paul had a double, a triple and an RBI, while sophomore designated hitter Lucas Erceg also had two hits.

Stanford, which dropped two of three to Indiana in a season-opening series that was a rematch of an NCAA super regional won by the Cardinal, scored its lone run in the eighth inning on a walk, a single, a hit by pitch and a run-scoring double play.

The rivals will meet again April 10-12 for a three-game Pac-12 Conference series in Berkeley.

Cal will host UC Irvine, which participated in last year’s College World Series, this weekend, while Stanford travels to Cal State Fullerton.

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