March 3, 2002
RENO, Nev. - The Santa Clara University baseball squad made a valiant comeback effort in the ninth inning but could only push across two runs while leaving the bases loaded in the 7-5 loss to Nevada Sunday afternoon in Reno.
It truly was a frustrating series for the Broncos (6-11) as every time they were able to put any kind of offense together all weekend long, the Wolf Pack (8-7) would answer right back and usually with more runs. Sunday was much of the same.
Santa Clara took a 1-0 in the second inning but the Wolf Pack responded with two of their own in the bottom of the second and three more over the next two innings to take a 5-1 lead.
The Broncos cut the lead in half in the sixth inning on a two-run home run by Joey Gomes before Nevada scored two more of their own in the bottom half of the sixth inning to increase their lead back up to four, at 7-3.
The score remained the same until the top of the ninth inning when Nevada brought in Bryan Johnson to try and wrap-up the three-game sweep. The Broncos, however, did not go quietly as Scott Dierks roped a one-out single and would score one batter later when A.J. LaBarbera scored him with a double to right-center field.
Pat Peavey followed the LaBarbera double with a walk, bringing up Gomes who was 2-for-4 entering the at bat. Gomes was called out on strikes, but the Broncos did not quit as Jack Headley drew another walk to load the bases. LaBabera would score one batter later when David Mandley was hit by a pitch. With the bases still loaded Shawn Epidendio stepped to the plate and lined out to the pitcher to end the game.
The three-game sweep for Nevada was its first of the season, while Santa Clara was swept for the first time all season as well.
Joe Diefenderfer took the loss for the Broncos on the day, as he threw six innings in which he allowed seven runs, five of them earned, on seven hits. He falls to 1-3 on the season. Matt Travis and Jared Anderson combined the throw the next two innings in which they allowed only one hit apiece.
Santa Clara will continue its season-long eight-game road trip Tuesday night against cross-town rival San Jose State at 6 p.m.