Stanford Outlasts Santa Clara 8-4 In 15 Innings
May 9, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford (23-21) scored three times in the top of the 15th inning and outlasted Santa Clara (26-23) in an 8-4 non-conference victory over the Broncos on Tuesday night at Schott Stadium. The game was the longest of the season for the Cardinal, checking in at five hours and seven minutes. Cord Phelps' one-out RBI single in the top of the 15th frame scored Joey August to break a 4-4 tie before Chris Lewis followed with a two-RBI double to plate Chris Minaker and Phelps. Lewis scored the final Stanford run of the inning on a wild pitch.
'This was just one of those crazy games,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'But, it makes it worth it when you come up with a victory. Our players kept their focus and that ended up paying off with a win.'
Max Fearnow (2-0) picked up the victory, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts over the final 4.0 innings.
Mark Willinsky (2-4) took the loss, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts over his 3.1 frames of relief.
Randy Molina (3-4, RBI) and Lewis (3-7, 2 2B, 2 RBI) had three hits each for the Cardinal, while Phelps (2-3, RBI), August (2-3) and Jason Castro picked up two each. Grant Escue drove in a pair of runs with a pinch-hit double in the top of 12th inning that had given the Cardinal a 4-2 lead.
Kris Watts (3-6, 2B, RBI) had three hits for the Broncos, while Kyle Hartz (2-3, 2B) Matt Long (2-6) added two each. Eric Newton drove in a pair of with a two-out bloop double in the bottom of the 12th that tied the contest at 4-4.
Stanford continues its current five-game road swing with a non-conference contest at Sacramento State on Wednesday, May 10 (2:30 pm, PT), before visiting Washington for a crucial three-game Pac-10 series Friday-Sunday, May 12-14 (6:30 pm, 2 pm, 1 pm, PT).
A full recap will follow.
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