Feb. 23, 2001
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - #9 Stanford won for the eighth time in its last nine games with a 7-3 victory over Santa Clara on Friday at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Sophomore Matt Travis took the loss for the Broncos (2-9) after allowing five earned runs and 11 hits in 7.2 innings. Jim DeMartini pitched the final 1.1 innings in relief. Stanford's Jeremy Guthrie (3-0) won his third consecutive start, scattering five hits and three runs while striking out a season-high-tying eight batters. Mike Wodnicki pitched hitless baseball over the final 2.0 innings to earn his second save of the season.
Following a solo homer in the top of the first inning by Arik Vanzandt, Stanford extended its lead to 4-0 with three runs in the top of the second inning. CHris O'Riordan's two-out, two-RBI double capped off the Cardinal rally. Brian Hall also had an RBI fielders choice in the inning.
Stanford retained its 4-0 lead until the Broncos scored three times in the bottom of the sixth inning. Joey Gomes had a key two-out RBI double in the inning, while Matt Queen contributed a sacrifice fly. The Broncos also took advantage of two walks, a hit batsmen and a Cardinal error in the inning.
The Cardinal added single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings. O'Riordan led off the seventh inning with an infield single and moved to second base when Bronco third baseman Pat Peavey failed to connect with Queen at first base. O'Riordan eventually scored on an RBI single by VanZandt. Andy Topham singled, stole second base and eventually scored on another Santa Clara error in the eighth inning. Pinch-runner Tobin Swope scored the Cardinal's final run on a wild pitch in the ninth inning.
Stanford and Santa Clara continue their three-game series with games on Saturday (at Stanford) and Sunday (at Santa Clara). Both games are scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.