Five-Run 10th Inning Lifts Santa Clara To 6-1 Win Over Stanford
April 25, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - Santa Clara (24-18) scored five runs in the top of the 10th inning to defeat Stanford (17-18) to rally for a 6-1 non-conference victory over the Cardinal on a chilly Tuesday evening at Sunken Diamond. Brady Fuerst smacked a two-run double off losing pitcher David Stringer (2-3) with one out in the top of the 10th to snap a 1-1 tie by bringing home Eric Newton and Gabe Alcantar, who had singled earlier in the inning. Matt Long followed two batters later with an RBI single to bring home Fuerst and Dustin Realini's two-RBI single with two outs capped the rally.
Nava (2-4, 2B) and Realini (2-5, 2 RBI) had two hits each for the Broncos, while Fuerst drove in a pair of runs with his 10th inning double.
Chris Minaker (2-4, 2B) had half of the four hits Stanford managed off four Santa Clara pitchers. Donald Brandt (3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 SO) started the game for the Broncos and was followed by Daniel DeMarco (2.0 IP, 2 SO), Chris Stansbury (3.0 IP, 3 H) and Jeff Lombard (2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB), who was credited with the win to improve to 2-1 on the season.
Matt Leva (6.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 SO) was impressive as Stanford's starter. Max Fearnow (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 SO) allowed the only Santa Clara run prior to extra innings on a wild pitch in the sixth inning that tied the game at 1-1. Nolan Gallagher (1.0 IP) tossed a scoreless ninth for the Cardinal before Stringer (1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 SO), Sean Ratliff (0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 SO) and Erik Davis (0.1 IP, 1 H) all played a part in the Broncos' five-run 10th frame.
Stanford dropped its third straight game overall as well as its third consecutive game to Santa Clara dating back to last season.
Stanford returns to Pac-10 action with a three-game home set versus Arizona State (28-14, 7-5 Pac-10) this Friday-Sunday, April 28-30 (6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm, PT). Friday's series opener against the Sun Devils is scheduled to be televised live nationally on College Sports Television.
A full recap will follow.