Baseball Drops Heartbreaker to No. 1 Stanford, 5-4
Feb. 22, 2002
STANFORD, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team hung in with the top-ranked Stanford Cardinal, but three costly errors led to the 5-4 loss Friday night at Sunken Diamond on the Stanford campus.
The Broncos (4-7) started the scoring in the top half of the sixth inning when Pat Peavey scored from second on an infield hit by Jack Headley that advanced Joey Gomes to third base. Gomes scored three pitches later on a wild pitch to increase the Santa Clara lead to 2-0.
The Cardinal (8-3) answered right back in the bottom half of the sixth inning, scoring two unearned runs on one hit and two Santa Clara errors.
Carlos Quentin reached on a double down the left field line. He advanced to third on a fielding error by Ryan Pierpont and would later score on a groundout to second by Donny Lucy. Ryan Garko scored the equalizer for the Cardinal on a ground ball by Chris Carter that would have ended the inning but was booted by Jack Headley.
The Cardinal took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh when Garko scored Chris O'Riodon from second base with a line drive single up the middle off Bronco reliever A.J. Ampi.
Santa Clara regained the lead in the top of the eighth inning, 4-3, when Headley muscled a looping liner over the shortstop's head, scoring A.J. LaBarbera from third and Gomes from second.
Stanford came right back in the bottom half of the eighth as O'Riordon tied the game at four with a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Brian Hall. Hall's run was unearned though as he reached base on a fielding error by Headley.
The Broncos seemed poised to take the lead in the ninth inning but stranded three runners on a bases loaded fly out to center field by Gomes.
Stanford took advantage of its opportunity in the ninth as Jason Cooper sent a ball into the left field gap, scoring Quentin from second base for the winning run.
Chad Fillinger recorded another quality start for the Broncos, going a full six innings in which he allowed two runs, both of which were unearned, while scattering five hits and striking out a season-high seven batters.
Grant Feichtmeir takes the loss for the Broncos, throwing 1 2/3 innings in which he allowed two runs, one of them earned, on two hits while striking out one.
J.D. Willcox picks up the win for the Cardinal, getting the final out of the ninth inning. Jeremy Guthrie did the lion's share of the work for Stanford, throwing seven full innings in which he allowed three runs on six hits, striking out three.
The same two teams will continue their three-game series Saturday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The first pitch is schedule for 4 p.m.