Feb. 3, 2002
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team used timely hitting to compliment its solid pitching as they rallied from behind for a 2-1 victory over No. 11 Fresno State Sunday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Fresno State (1-2) took the early lead in the top of the third inning when Chris Patrick singled home Tobey Riday-White from second base off the Broncos' starting pitcher, John Redmond.
Santa Clara (2-1) began a rally in the bottom of the third when Ryan Chiarelli led off with a double down the left field line. Jack Headley followed that double with a single of his own, but Chiarelli ran through third base coach Mike Oakland's signal and was cut down at the plate on a good throw from the Bulldogs' center fielder, Casey Creamer.
The Broncos continued to claw back in the following innings, finally pushing across two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning when Joey Gomes knocked in Pat Peavey and A.J. LaBarbera with a single to right field.
Redmond pitched six stellar innings in which he allowed only one run on six hits to pick up his first win of the season. A.J. Ampi threw the final three innings in relief, allowing only one hit while striking out three to pick up the team's first save of the season.
Ben Fritz took the loss for the Bulldogs, allowing the two runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out three in eight full innings of work.
The victory gives the Broncos only their third victory over the Bulldogs in the last four years and their first series victory during that same time span.
Santa Clara will continue their season long eight-game homestand next weekend as they welcome UC Santa Barbara to the Silicon Valley for a three-game set beginning Friday, February 8, at 3 p.m.