Baseball Unable to Hold Onto Early Lead, Fall at 10th-Ranked Stanford
April 5, 2005
STANFORD, Calif. - Despite jumping out to a 6-0 lead, the Santa Clara baseball team was unable to hold onto its lead, falling to 10th-ranked Stanford by a 7-6 score at Sunken Diamond on Tuesday night. The Broncos fall to 14-16 on the season, while the Cardinal improve to 18-9 in 2005.
A grand slam by Michael Thompson, the first by a Bronco this season, knocked in all four Bronco runs of the third inning. Michael Lange became the first base runner of the frame when he was hit by a pitch to lead-off the inning. Kevin Drever attempted to move the runner over a batter later but his bunt was popped up to the pitcher. Davis almost had Lange caught off the first base bag, but first baseman John Mayberry Jr. dropped the throw to allow Lange to stay on.
Jason Matteucci recorded the first hit of the game for SCU with a double into the right field gap. After an out and with runners on second and third, Kris Watts was issued a walk to load the bases for the Broncos. Thompson would follow and hit the 3-1 pitch over the left field fence for his third home run of the season.
A lead-off single off the bat of Ryan Chiarelli started a two-run fourth inning for Santa Clara. Ryan Conan reached base a batter later on a fielder's choice as Chiarelli remained safe at second base. A sacrifice bunt by Lange moved both runners into scoring position for the Broncos. Drever drove in the first SCU run of the frame with a single to left field before Matteucci brought Conan in on a groundout to the right side of the infield.
The Cardinal scored its first runs of the game in the top of the fifth inning when they posted two runs on the scoreboard. In the sixth, Stanford evened the score with four runs. Mayberry Jr. knocked in the tying score with a two-RBI double down the left field line.
Stanford would return to take the lead in the bottom of the seventh when a one-out triple by Brendan Domaracki drove in the go ahead run.
Thompson's four RBI were a game high, while Matteucci led SCU with two hits on the night. His double in the third inning was his team-high 11th of the season.
Patrick Overholt suffered the loss for SCU to drop to 1-4 on the season. He allowed one run on two hits with four strikeouts through the final 2.1 innings of the contest.
In his first start of the season, senior Adam Sanabria set new season-highs with four strikeouts in 4.1 innings of action.
The Broncos will return home on Friday night after a seven-game road swing to host its final full three-game series in Buck Shaw Stadium. San Diego will travel to the Mission Campus for a 6 p.m. contest on Friday night before 1 p.m. games over the weekend.