March 10, 2002
KONA, Hawaii - The Santa Clara University baseball team swept a Sunday afternoon double-header over the University of Hawaii-Hilo by scores of 7-2 and 7-3, improving to 7-13 on the season.
Joe Diefenderfer was the story of game one, going the distance on the mound to pick up his second win of the season. He threw all seven innings, allowing only two runs while scattering nine hits and striking out a season-high eight batters to improve to 2-3 on the season.
The Broncos scored seven times on seven hits while forcing the Vulcans to commit five errors in the game. Freshman Ryan Chiarelli went 2-for-4 in the game with two runs batted in and two runs scored. Pat Peavey also knocked in two runs in game one.
In game two Santa Clara's pitching staff and defense did the job again. Matt Travis got the start and went seven innings in which he allowed only three runs on eight hits while striking out a season-high nine batters. A.J. Ampi and Grant Feichtmeir threw the last two innings for the Broncos, each going one full frame in which they did not allow a hit and struck out one apiece.
A.J. LaBarbera went 3-for-4 in game two with three runs scored and two runs driven in, including a two-run home run in the five-run Bronco seventh inning.
The Broncos will return to the mainland and begin a six-game homestand, all of which will be West Coast Conference games. Santa Clara will begin WCC play this weekend as they host Saint Mary's in a three-game set beginning Friday night at 6 p.m. in Buck Shaw Stadium.