April 21, 2008
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team faced a hard-fought 13-5 loss to No. 5 Stanford Monday night in the nationally televised contest at Stephen Schott Stadium. With the loss, the Broncos dropped to 21-16 on the season, while the Cardinal improved to 22-12-2 overall.
The two teams return to Schott Stadium next Monday, April 28 for game three of the four game series. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. on CBS College Sports.
Junior Evan LeBlanc and sophomore Tommy Medica both registered home runs for the Broncos. Both players went 2-for-4 and both scored two runs, while Medica drove in three and LeBlanc drove in two.
The win was awarded to Stanford's David Stringer (2-0). He went for four innings allowing no runs and just two hits. The loss went to Santa Clara's Justin Kuehn. He is now 1-1 on the season.
LeBlanc put the Broncos on the scoreboard first with a solo home run in the first inning. It was his four homer of the season. However, the Cardinal earned the one-run lead in their half of the third inning with two runs. Jeff Whitlow and Zach Jones both scored on a single from Cord Phelps.
Yet, Santa Clara responded four runs in their half of the third inning to take a 5-2 lead. Brady Fuerst scored first to tie the score for Santa Clara on a LeBlanc single to right field. Medica then registered his third home run of the season in his second at bat of the contest. The homer over the left field wall drove in two additional runners, LeBlanc and Matt Long. Long got on base with a bunt single. Santa Clara led 5-2.
Stanford began to close in on Santa Clara with a one-run fourth and a six-run fifth inning. Jason Castro scored in the fourth on a Whitlow sacrifice fly. The score was 5-3.
In the fifth, Brent Milleville tallied a Grand Slam to help the Cardinal take the lead. Stanford led 7-5. Castro, Phelps and Jake Schlander all scored on the play. However, the Cardinal added on two more runs to make the score, 9-5. In the second home run of the inning, Randy Molina sent one far over the left field wall to bring home Sean Ratliff as well. Ratliff got on base with a single.
Stanford then tacked on three more runs in the sixth inning and another in the seventh to climb to a 13-5 advantage.
The Broncos, after being held scoreless for four straight innings, attempted to close in on the Cardinal in the eighth inning but could not. Santa Clara did score one more run in the contest, as Medica scored on a Nathan Faulkner sacrifice.
Santa Clara returns to action on Tuesday, April 22 on the road against Fresno State. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Pete Beiden Field.