May 1, 2001
STANFORD, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team and No. 7 Stanford (35-12) combined for 35 hits in a 15-8 Cardinal victory over the Broncos (21-27) in a non-conference game Tuesday at Sunken Diamond.
Ryan McCally (2-1) earned the victory, while A.J. Ampi (0-3) suffered the loss.
The Cardinal scored nine runs in the bottom of third inning to break the game open. Santa Clara answered with five runs and eight hits in the top of the fourth inning as six of the first seven hitters singled. Joey Gomes singled in the first run and Norm Hayes singled home a pair of runs to cut the Cardinal led to 11-3. Clint Cleland and John Hilvert finished the Broncos' rally with two more RBI singles.
Stanford led 2-0 after scoring twice in the second inning, picking up runs on an RBI double by Jason Cooper and an RBI single from Arik VanZandt.
The Cardinal's nine-run third inning featured nine hits, all singles. The first four batters of the inning (Sam Fuld, Chris O'Riordan, Ryan Garko and Quentin) all singled. O'Riordan picked up an RBI on his single and Stanford led 4-0 after a sacrifice fly by Cooper. Hall singled home two more runs and Ampi was finally removed from the game after giving up Ash's first hit of the day. Andy Topham greeted reliever Anthony Rea with a two-RBI single and the Cardinal led 8-0. O'Riordan had another RBI single, Garko drove in a run on a sacrifice fly and Quentin finished the scoring with an RBI single.
Stanford scored another run in the bottom of the fourth inning on an RBI single by Topham and finished its scoring with three runs in the bottom of the fifth frame on an RBI double by Hall and a two-RBI single from Ash.
Santa Clara added single runs in the fifth, seventh and eighth frames. The Broncos scored on a Drew Ehrlich wild pitch in the fifth. McCally hit pinch-hitter Alex Anderson to score a Bronco run in the seventh and Mike Balestreri hit a solo homer, his first of the year and third of his career, to lead off the eighth.
Santa Clara faces West Coast Conference division co-leader Gonzaga in a three-game series starting Friday that will likely determine the Coast Division championship. Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday's games will begin at 1 p.m.