March 9, 2002
HILO, Hawaii - The Santa Clara University baseball team snapped its season-long five game losing streak Saturday afternoon at Wong Stadium with a 9-7 victory over the University of Hawaii-Hilo.
The Broncos (7-13) won Saturday's game with offense, belting out 14 hits in their nine-run output. A.J. LaBarbera and Jim Wallace each had three runs batted in on the day, including two apiece in the five-run seventh inning that gave the Broncos the lead for good.
Santa Clara jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first inning but trailed after three when Hawaii-Hilo scored once in each of the second and third innings to take the 2-1 lead.
The Broncos re-claimed the lead in the top of the fourth but a four-run fourth inning, capped by Keola Park two-run single, gave the Vulcans a 6-2 lead.
Santa Clara scored once more in the sixth inning to trim the lead to three before its huge seventh inning that gave the Broncos a lead they would not relinquish.
Despite not having his sharpest outing of the season, sophomore Chad Fillinger did pick up his first win of the season, improving to 1-2 after going six innings in which he allowed six runs on 11 hits.
Jared Anderson threw a scoreless seventh inning for the Broncos, paving the way for closer Grant Feichtmeir who picked up his fourth save of the year after throwing the final two innings to preserve the victory.
The Broncos and Vulcans will conclude their four-game set Sunday morning with a double-header scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. PST. The games will be played at Simmons' Field in Kona, Hawaii.