Baseball Drops Final Home Game of Season
May 7, 2002
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team concluded its non-conference and home season with a 13-2 loss to Stanford University Tuesday night in front of 613 fans at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Coming off the three-game sweep of Pepperdine last weekend, the Broncos (23-27) were looking to keep their hot streak going but ran into a buzz saw as the ninth-ranked Cardinal (33-13) scored all 13 of their runs in the first five innings.
Ryan Garko continued his dominance of Santa Clara, going 2-for-3 with two home runs, four runs scored and two RBI. Garko capped off a Stanford comeback with a walk-off home run to beat Santa Clara 8-7 at Sunken Diamond on February 24. Sam Fuld, Jason Cooper, Carlos Quentin, Brian Hall, Andy Topham and Arik Van Zandt each had two hits for the Cardinal in the win.
The Broncos threw five pitchers through the first five innings, in which they allowed 13 runs on 12 hits. Patrick McBride gave Santa Clara a solid four-inning outing beginning in the sixth, allowing no runs on only four Stanford hits. Matt Krueger fell to 0-1 on the season after allowing two runs on four hits in the first inning.
Darin Naatjes picked up the win and improved to 4-0 on the season for Stanford, allowing only one hit and striking out five in his three innings of work. Mark Jecmen threw three innings as well, allowing one run on three hits, while Drew Ehrlich allowed three hits in his two innings of work on the hill.
The Broncos will continue play in the WCC Coast Division this weekend with a three-game series against Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 3 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday's games scheduled for 1 p.m. Santa Clara enters the series 1/2 game behind Saint Mary's who will play four games in Malibu this weekend against Pepperdine.