Feb. 23, 2002
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University's baseball team rebounded from a tough loss Friday night to No. 1 Stanford with a convincing 13-9 win over the top-ranked Cardinal Saturday evening at Buck Shaw Stadium in front of a season-high 1,021 fans.
Stanford (8-4) jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the top of the first inning on four hits. Ryan Garko picked up a RBI in the first when he singled home Sam Fuld. Scott Dragicevich doubled home Carlos Quentin and Garko and would later score when Brian Hall singled him and Arik Van Zandt home to give the Cardinal the six run advantage.
Santa Clara (5-7) came right back in the bottom half of the first to score two runs on three hits. Pat Peavey picked up one of his three RBI on the night with a double down the left field line scoring Ryan Chiarelli. Jack Headley picked up the second RBI in the inning when he scored A.J. LaBarbera on a fielder's choice.
After the Cardinal scored once more in the second inning, the Broncos rallied to tie the score in the bottom of the second inning, scoring five times on only two hits. Both Joey Gomes and Peavey picked up RBI with back-to-back bases loaded walks, forcing Stanford starter Ryan McCally from the game.
Santa Clara starter John Redmond settled down after his shaky start to throw 6 1/3 innings in which he allowed seven earned runs on nine hits. From the third inning to the first out of the seventh inning, Redmond allowed only one batter to get past first base. Redmond improves to 3-1 on the season with the win.
The Broncos extended their lead in the third, fifth and sixth innings to 13-7 behind the power of Shawn Epidendio and Joey Gomes. Epidendio picked up his first home run of his collegiate career with a two-run shot over the left-center field fence in the third inning, while Gomes blasted a two-run shot, his second home run on the season, to straightaway center in the fifth.
The six run lead was all the Bronco bullpen needed as Grant Feichtmeir and A.J. Ampi combined to finish off the Cardinal over the next 2 2/3 innings. Feichtmeir threw 1 2/3 innings in which he allowed two runs, both of which were unearned, on one hit while striking out one. Ampi threw the final inning for the Broncos in which he walked one and struck out one.
The win for Santa Clara snaps a 20-game losing streak to the Cardinal that dates back to 1997.
Santa Clara and Stanford will play the rubber game of the three-game series tomorrow afternoon at the Sunken Diamond on the Stanford campus. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.