April 27, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - In a game that lasted well over five hours and featured 15 pitchers and 46 players overall, the second-ranked Stanford baseball team defeated Santa Clara Tuesday night 12-8 in 14 innings at Buck Shaw Stadium on the Mission Campus.
The win improved Stanford's record to 32-6 on the season, while Santa Clara fell to 19-24 overall. The Broncos return to action Friday with a three-game series opener at 3 p.m. at Gonzaga. The two teams will also play at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday with all three games of the series featuring live Internet coverage here.
Drew Ehrlich earned his first win of the season for the Cardinal, while Patrick McBride (0-2) was charged with the loss for Santa Clara. McBride pitched one full inning during the 13th and 14th and gave-up four runs on three hits. Freshman Bryan Fleming finished the game for the Broncos, giving-up one hit in the 14th before forcing three Cardinal outs to end its half of the inning.
Junior Bronco reliever Anthony Rea pitched a career-high 5.1 innings and allowed just four hits and one run while striking out a career-high six batters during the middle innings. The Palo Alto, Calif. native has recorded three of his top career strikeout performances against Stanford.
At the plate, six Broncos registered a multi-hit game. Michael Lange went 3-for-5 in the game with one RBI, while Ryan Chiarelli, Michael Thompson, Will Thompson, Nic Crosta and Nathan Faulkner recorded two hits apiece. Will Thompson knocked-in four RBI in the game.
John Redmond started the game for Santa Clara and faced just 18 batters in the first four innings of the game. During that time, the Broncos jumped out to a 3-1 lead which included two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Chiarelli singled to shortstop then stole second and advanced to third on a flyball by Robert Perry to center field. Michael Thompson flied out to left field, scoring Chiarelli then Will Thompson hit the first of his two home runs in the game to make the score 2-0.
After the Cardinal scored four runs in the top of the fifth to take the lead, Santa Clara answered with four runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning. With two runners on base, Will Thompson connected on his second home run of the game, a bomb over the 400-foot center field fence. Nic Crosta stepped to the plate and sent the ball well over left center field fence for a solo homer, his fifth in the last three games.
Stanford tied the game with single runs in the top of the seventh and ninth innings to send the contest into extra innings. After three scoreless innings, the Cardinal scored after center fielder Sam Fuld reached on an error and advanced to third base. He scored when Brian Hall flied out to right field.
In the bottom half of the 13th inning, Santa Clara scored a single run when Nathan Faulkner ledoff the inning with a single to center field. He advanced to third on a Michael Lange single to right field. Faulkner strained leg muscle on the run to third and was replaced by pinch runner Panch Romero, who scored on a David Mandley fly ball to left field.
Stanford scored four runs in the top of the 14th off Flemeng and McBride and the Broncos were unable to answer in the bottom half of the inning.