Feb. 13, 2002
Santa Clara vs. UC Irvine
The Broncos and Anteaters have not met in the past 10 years due to UC Irvine's decision to not sponsor a baseball team during that time period. The 2002 season marks the return of baseball on the Irvine campus, and with a new stadium, the Anteaters appear ready to make themselves a force to be reckoned with right from the beginning. In the all-time series between the two schools, Santa Clara holds the advantage, winning five of the six contests.
Sizing Up the Anteaters
UC Irvine enters the weekend having won their last four contests. The Anteaters defeated Pepperdine and swept Saint Mary's last week to up their mark to 7-4 overall. Matt Anderson has provided the offensive firepower for UCI through the first 11 games, going 16-for-37 (.432) with four doubles, one triple and eight runs driven in. Chris Miller has provided the muscle in the lineup for the Anteaters, going deep twice and driving in 11 runs to go along with his .302 batting average. Sean Tracey and Glenn Swanson each have 2-0 records with ERA's below 3.00.
Providing the Offense
Through Santa Clara's first eight games, the Broncos have five players batting .300 or above. Senior Joey Gomes tops that list having gone 15 for his first 30 to begin the season. Gomes also leads the team with five runs batted in and is tied for the team lead in home runs (1), runs scored (7) and runs batted in (7). Right behind Gomes is junior David Mandley who is 5-for-12 in five games this season for Santa Clara. Of his five hits, two have been as a pinch hitter. In Tuesday night's game against Cal, Mandley picked up his first extra base hit and RBI on the season with a triple down the right field line. Junior transfer A.J. LaBarbera ranks third on the team with his .382 batting average. He is tied with Gomes for the lead in runs scored, runs batted in and home runs. Freshman Bobby Wiginton got his first start of the year against BYU in the designated hitter role and went 1-for-4 on the night. For the season he is batting .333 in the four games in which he has appeared. Senior Pat Peavey has gone 10-for-33 (.303) on the season with one home run, one double and six runs batted in.
Santa Clara sophomore John Redmond has begun the 2002 season with two quality starts on the mound for the Broncos. In his first start he threw six full innings in which he allowed only one run to pick up the 2-1 win over No. 11 Fresno State. In his second start he gave up one unearned run in 5 2/3 innings of work to take the 6-1 loss against UC Santa Barbara. Despite the 1-1 record, Redmond has an anemic 0.77 ERA in his 11 2/3 innings of work. Opponents are only batting .209 against the southpaw, giving up only nine hits in 43 at bats.