Baseball Edged by No. 1 Stanford, 8-7

Feb. 24, 2002

Box Score

The Santa Clara University baseball team dropped its second heartbreaking loss in the last three days to No. 1 Stanford, this time by a score of 8-7 Sunday afternoon at Sunken Diamond in Stanford, Calif.

The Broncos (5-8) rallied from a four-run deficit in the eighth inning to take a 7-6 lead heading into the ninth behind a two-run single by designated hitter David Mandley.

The Cardinal (9-4) went quietly in the eighth and held Santa Clara scoreless in the ninth despite two singles by Ryan Chiarelli and A.J. LaBarbera to lead-off the inning.

Stanford went to work quickly in the ninth as Sam Fuld led off the bottom half of the ninth with a single to left field, knocking Bronco starting pitcher Joe Diefenderfer from the game. A.J. Ampi entered the game in relief and was tagged with the loss following a two-run walk-off home run from Cardinal catcher Ryan Garko.

Chiarelli, Mandley and Jim Wallace all had three hits and one run scored for the Broncos in the loss, while Shawn Epidendio, Jack Headley and LaBarbera each collected one hit apiece.

Diefenderfer's pitching line was his best of the year to date, going eight-plus innings in which he scattered 12 hits while allowing only four earned runs. His outing was marred only by three Bronco errors that led to three unearned runs.

The loss was the second one-run loss to the top-ranked Cardinal over the last three days. The Broncos did pound out a 13-9 win in game two of the series Saturday night at Buck Shaw Stadium to salvage one win in the series.

Santa Clara and Stanford will meet for a fourth time this season, but not until May when the Cardinal travel back to "The Shaw" for a Tuesday night game on May 6.

The Broncos will head back into action on Tuesday, February 26, against Sacramento State at 2 p.m. in Buck Shaw Stadium. Santa Clara will then begin a three-game weekend series in Reno, Nev., against the University of Nevada-Reno, Friday afternoon at 2 p.m.