Stanford Falls To Santa Clara, 6-3, In Non-Conference Action

April 17, 2007

Box Score

Stanford, Calif. - Santa Clara (19-19) scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning in a 6-3 non-conference win over Stanford (15-18) on a chilly Tuesday evening at Sunken Diamond. Kevin Medica broke a 3-3 tie with a one-out RBI single in the Bronco eighth to score David Hoffmire with the eventual winning run and Carl Bacon added a two-out two-run double later in the frame for a pair of insurance runs.

'You have to give Santa Clara credit,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'They came up with a couple of big hits in big spots.'

Stanford got the tying run to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth but Sean Ratliff's hard-hit single hit pinch-runner Wande Olabisi for the final out of the contest.

Reliever Justin Kuehn (3-3) earned the victory, allowing a run on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 2.2 innings. Jeff Lombard picked up his eighth save of the season by recording the final out.

Five different Santa Clara players -- Bacon (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI), Hoffmire (2-4, RBI), Matt Long (2-4, SB), Evan LeBlanc (2-4, SB) and Brady Fuerst (2-4) - had two hits each.

Stanford's Brian Juhl (3-4, HR, 2 RBI) had the first three-hit game of his career and blasted a key two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 3-3, while Ratliff (2-5) was the only other Cardinal player with more than one hit.

Stanford reliever Max Fearnow (3.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO) took the loss in relief of David Stringer (4.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO), who made his first start of the season. Tom Stilson (1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 SO) allowed Bacon's key two-RBI double, while Austin Yount (0.1 IP, 1 SO) got the final out in the top of the ninth for the Cardinal.

Stanford returns to Pac-10 action with a three-game series at California (19-19, 3-6 Pac-10) this Friday-Sunday, April 20-22 (2:30 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm, PT) before returning to Sunken Diamond to begin a six-game homestand by hosting San Jose State on Tuesday, April 24 (6 pm, PT).

Tickets for the upcoming homestand and all regular season Stanford Baseball home contests are available online at gostanford.com or by calling 1-800-STANFORD. On game days, tickets may be purchased at the Sunken Diamond Ticket Office window beginning one hour before first pitch. For group ticket information (groups of 10 or more), call 650-725-2876.

A full recap will follow.

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