March 2, 2002
RENO, Nev. - The Santa Clara University baseball dropped another close game in the opposing team's final at bat Saturday afternoon, this time a 12-10 thriller in 12 innings at the hands of the University of Nevada at Peccole Park.
The Broncos (6-10) fell behind 3-0 after the first inning but rallied to take a 10-3 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning behind a six-run seventh inning on only four hits.
Freshmen Shawn Epidendio and Ryan Pierpont provided much of the offensive punch for Santa Clara, going a combined 5-for-9 with seven runs batted in from the seven and eight holes in the batting order. Epidendio connected for his second home run of the season, powering a grand slam over the left field wall in the seventh inning.
The Wolf Pack (7-7) proved very resilient in the bottom half of the seventh inning as they pushed across three runs against Bronco starter John Redmond, forcing the sophomore from the game.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the 12th inning when Nevada catcher Tony Cappuccilli deposited a two-run game-winning home run over the right field fence. It is the second time in the last four games that the Broncos have fallen on a two-run home run in the bottom half of the last inning.
A.J. Ampi takes the loss for the Broncos despite throwing four innings of good work in which he allowed only three hits in the 16 batters he faced.
Santa Clara and Nevada will conclude the three-game series Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. in Reno, Nev.