May 12, 2008
STANFORD - The Santa Clara baseball team faced a hard-fought 15-4 loss to No. 14 Stanford to close out the 2008 Monday Meeting series. The Broncos jumped to a quick lead but could not hold off the Cardinal as they rallied from behind for the win.
The Broncos are now 32-19 on the season, while the Cardinal improved to 30-18-2 overall. The win was awarded to Stanford's David Stringer, while the loss went Santa Clara's Alex Rivers (3-3).
Sophomore catcher Tommy Medica led Santa Clara offensively as he went 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI.
After two up and down innings to open Monday night's contest, the Broncos jumped to a 4-0 lead in the top of the third to take the lead. Nathan Faulkner reached on an error by Stanford's Zach Jones and then advanced to second on the throw. After Brady Fuerst popped out to second base, Santa Clara registered fourth straight base-hits, two of which drove in runs.
Matt Long singled up the middle and advanced to second on the throw, bringing home Faulkner for the unearned run. Evan LeBlanc followed with a solid single to center field that advanced Long to third. With runners on the corners, Medica sent one to left field to allow Long to score.
A pitching change for the Cardinal brought in Stringer but Ryan Conan posted a base hit to left centerfield, moving Medica to third and sending home LeBlanc. The final run of the inning was scored on a Jon Karcich sacrifice fly.
The Broncos were able to keep the Cardinal scoreless to finish out the third, but Stanford rallied for 10 runs in back-to-back outings, including a seven run bottom of the fifth.
Brent Milleville opened the half for Stanford with a solo home run to left field. The Cardinal then made it a one run game as Sean Ratliff homered far beyond the right field wall. Randy Molina, who walked to get on base, also scored on the play. SCU led 4-3.
The Cardinal then knotted the score and took a two-run lead with a Jason Castro home run to right field. Joey August, who walked, and Colin Walsh, who singled, both scored on the shot. Stanford led, 6-4.
Then with just one out on the board and three runners on base, Jones doubled to left field to drive in two runs, Both Molina and Milleville, who scored on the extra base hit, singled to get on base. Yet, before the half was brought to a close by a Castro groundout to first, Joey August posted a two-run single to center field that gave the Cardinal a 10-4 advantage.
The Cardinal then added another five runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a commanding 15-4 win.
The Broncos bring the West Coast Conference regular season schedule to a close this weekend as they host the Waves of Pepperdine. The battle for second place begins on Friday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at Stephen Schott Stadium. Santa Clara is ranked third in the league and sits just a half game behind Pepperdine.