April 14, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team fell 3-1 to Bay Area rival No. 10 Stanford Monday night in front of a crowd of 1,277 at Sunken Diamond. With the loss the Broncos are now 19-14 on the season, while the Cardinal improved to 18-11-1 overall. The two teams will continue the local rivalry on Monday, April 21 on the Mission Campus. First pitch in the nationally televised contest is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Stephen Schott Stadium.
The win was awarded to Stanford's Max Fearnow. He is now 2-1 on the season. The loss went to starting pitcher Matt Wickswat. He is now 1-2 on the season. Wickswat tossed five innings for the Broncos striking out four batters.
The Cardinal took a one-run lead in their half of the second inning after holding the Broncos scoreless. Sean Ratliff hit a home run to left field to put Stanford on the board.
Yet, Santa Clara responded with its own home run in the third inning. Matt Long notched his fifth homer of the season to right field. The scored was tied 1-1.
However, Stanford registered with one run in both their halves of the third and fourth innings to claim a two-run advantage. Scoring first for the Cardinal was Cord Phelps. He advanced home on Brent Milleville's RBI single to center field. Phelps got on base with a base hit to right centerfield. In the fourth inning, Jake Schlander singled up the middle to allow Ben Clowe to score.
Both teams were then held scoreless for the remainder of the contest.
Santa Clara, however, did not go down without a fight and had the opportunity to close in on Stanford in the top of the ninth. Evan LeBlanc started off the inning with a base-hit up the middle and then advanced to second as Tommy Medica was dealt his second walk of the game. But the runs could not be brought in and the Cardinal took game one of the series.
Santa Clara returns to action with a three-game series against West Coast Conference foe San Francisco. The Broncos and Dons begin on Friday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at Stephen Schott Stadium. SCU and USF continue action on Saturday at 6 p.m. and bring the series to a close on Sunday, April 20 at 1 p.m.