Broncos Drop 9-3 Decision at San Jose State
May 9, 2001
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team ended its non-conference schedule Wednesday with a 9-3 loss to South Bay rival San Jose State at Municipal Stadium.
The Broncos fall to 22-31 on the season, while San Jose State improves to 32-20-1. The two teams split the regular-season series with one win apiece, each at the ballpark of the home team.
San Jose State senior Andy Cook got the win (3-1) and recorded a career-high eight strikeouts in the process. Santa Clara starter Patrick McBride (0-1) earned his first loss of the season in his second start and fifth appearance.
The Spartans started the scoring with a single run in the bottom of the third inning before Santa Clara posted a three-run top of the fourth. Matt Miller opened the inning with single to center field before moving to second on a John Hilvert's 12th sacrifice bunt of the season. Jack Headley then singled through the left side, sending Miller to third. Spartan catcher Adam Shorsher committed a throwing error on a Headley steal, scoring Miller and sending Headley to third. Matt Queen recorded a single down the right field line that scored Headley before Mike Theoharis hit his third single of the season to make the score 3-1.
San Jose State regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning after scoring three runs off starter McBride. Following a single by Brandon Macci, McBride hit Ferraro then advanced both runners with a wild pitch. Ryan Adams recorded a doubld down the right field line scoring both runners. He scored when Shorsher was thrown out at third trying to stretch a double off the left field wall.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Spartans scored three runs to increase their lead to 7-3. Junior Grant Feichtmeir replaced reliever A.J. Ampi to open the inning and allowed five straight hits to the Spartans which resulted in their three runs. The Spartans added two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning on a back-to-back home runs by Shorsher (6) and John Fagan (11) off reliever Matt Travis, Santa Clara's fifth pitcher of the game.
Santa Clara completes its regular-season with a three-game West Coast Conference series at San Francisco. The Broncos can clinch the league's Coast Division championship with a sweep of the Dons combined with a Loyola Marymount sweep at league-leading Gonzaga. The Bulldogs are one game ahead of Santa Clara in the divisional standings and own the tiebreaker after winning four of the six games between the two schools this season.