March 26, 2002
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -
Santa Clara vs. Pepperdine
The Broncos and Waves have met 108 times on the field since the series inception in 1960. Pepperdine holds the all-time advantage in the series with a 64-41-2 record, including a 10-2 mark over the last four seasons. The Broncos have dropped four consecutive series to the Waves, with their last series win coming in 1997 when Santa Clara swept four straight from Pepperdine at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Sizing Up the Waves
Pepperdine enters the weekend series with a 12-16 overall record and a 2-2 mark in the West Coast Conference. The Waves have lost five of their last seven contests, with their only two wins coming against WCC foes Gonzaga and Saint Mary's. Last weekend against the Gaels of Saint Mary's, the Waves took the only game the two teams were able to play by a score of 11-9. The other two games were lost to darkness and rain, and will be made up at a later date. Cory Brightwell sits atop the Waves batting statistics with a .356 average. Ty Harper trails closely behind with his .351 average, but leads the team with 39 hits and 111 at-bats. Chris Kelly leads the Pepperdine power categories, having belted seven home runs and driven in 26 runs to go along with a .549 slugging percentage and a .275 batting average. Brandon Boesch leads the Waves pitching rotation with a 4.2 record and a 3.66 ERA. He has stuck out a team leading 36 batters in 51.2 innings of work. Jacob Barrack boasts a 3-1 record in 12 appearances with a 2.81 ERA and three saves for the Waves. Barrack leads the staff in winning percentage, appearances, ERA, saves and opponent batting average (.238).
Probable Starters by PositionBroncos Take Two of Three from Gonzaga
Santa Clara Pepperdine 26 Shawn Epidendio 1B 27 Chris Kelly 1B 4 A.J. LaBarbera 2B 9 Simon Ferrer 2B 15 Pat Peavey SS 8 Patrick Rooney SS 20 Dan Vinzenzi 3B 23 Steven Kleen 3B 8 Jim Wallace C 36 Rock Mills C 35 Ryan Chiarelli LF 5 Cory Brightwell LF 3 Jack Headley CF 37 Jason Payne CF 21 Joey Gomes RF 10 Duke Sardinha RF 9 David Mandley DH 22 Ty Harper DH
Probable Starting Rotation
Santa Clara Pepperdine 10 Matt Travis 2-0, 6.45 ERA 3 Jacob Barrack 3-1, 2.81 ERA 17 Chad Fillinger 3-2, 3.72 ERA 33 Brandon Boesch 4-2, 3.66 ERA 18 Joe Diefenderfer 2-4, 4.86 ERA 15 Kevin Beavers 2-3, 7.28 ERA
Santa Clara welcomed the Bulldogs of Gonzaga to Buck Shaw Stadium over the weekend for a three-game set beginning Saturday, March 23. With Saturday's game getting rained out, the two teams battled through a Sunday afternoon twin bill in which the Broncos swept the Bulldogs by scores of 10-4 and 5-4. Sunday's first game saw Chad Fillinger throw the first complete game of his career in which he improved his season record to 3-2 and struck out a season-high nine batters. Game two Sunday saw the Broncos gain a little retribution for four early season losses in the opposing team's final at-bat, as Santa Clara rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to win by one run. Scott Dierks capped off the comeback with a two-run game-winning single up the middle to give the Broncos the 5-4 win. Monday's series finale was close through six innings, as the Broncos led by a score of 2-0. The final three innings proved to be fatal for Santa Clara as the Bulldogs erupted for five runs in the seventh, two in the eighth and 10 more in the ninth to push the score to its final conclusion of 17-2. Despite the loss Monday afternoon, the Broncos improved to 3-2 in the WCC after its series with Gonzaga, and took over first place in the WCC Coast Division by 1/2 game over Gonzaga and Pepperdine.
Going, Going, Gomes
Senior Joey Gomes has been the biggest mystery for opposing pitchers to figure out this season. Through the Broncos' first 27 games of the season, Gomes has been held hitless in only three of those games. He began the season with a 12-game hitting streak before it was finally snapped by at Sunken Diamond by top-ranked Stanford. Since then, he has put together hitting streaks of four games, two game, and is currently on a six-game stretch where he has gotten at least one hit. Over the last six games, Gomes has gone 14-for-23 with three home runs, seven doubles, seven RBI and six runs scored. He has seen his average jump up from .370 to .423 over that span, and has gotten at least two hits in five of those six contests. Against Saint Mary's on March 16, Gomes went 4-for-4 with a double, two home runs, two runs scored and two runs batted in. He currently leads the Broncos in runs scored (26), hits (47), doubles (14), home runs (6), runs batted in (22), total bases (79), slugging percentage (.712) and is tied for the team lead in fielding percentage (1.000), having not committed an error with 48 putouts.
Going the Distance
Sunday's first game against Gonzaga saw sophomore Chad Fillinger improve his season mark to 3-2 while picking up the first complete game of his career. In addition to improving his season mark, Fillinger also struck out a season-high nine batters and lowered his ERA down to The complete game was only the second of the year for the Bronco pitching staff as Joe Diefenderfer picked up the first in the Broncos 7-2 win over Hawaii-Hilo on March 10.