April 3, 2002
Santa Clara vs. San Francisco
The Broncos and Waves have met 191 times on the field since the series inception in 1931. Santa Clara holds the all-time series advantage with a record of 140-50-1. Over the last five years, however, the series has been very close with the Broncos winning 12 of the last 22 meetings. The last two seasons, Santa Clara and USF were in the same division of the WCC and met six times. Both years saw the Broncos sweep the Dons at home and take one of two in the City.
Sizing Up the Dons
San Francisco enters this weekend's series at "The Shaw" having lost 11 of its last 12 games, while losing one game that has been suspended due to darkness and will be made up at a later date. That game is against LMU and was stopped with the Lions holding a 25-21 advantage over the Dons in the 10th inning before darkness halted the action. USF currently has five players that are batting above the .300 plateau, led by Joe Jacobitz who is batting .371 with two home runs and 26 runs batted in. Steve Booth is leading the Dons with 10 doubles, 12 home runs and 44 RBI to go along with his .333 average. Defensively the Dons are fielding at a .955 clip, while their opponents boast a .963 fielding average. Steve Moses leads San Francisco in appearance (17) and ERA (5.06) to go along with his 1-0 record out of the bullpen. Peter Dunkle has made six starts in his 17 appearances, and is second on the team with a 7.15 ERA. As a staff, the Dons have an 8.32 ERA with opponents hitting at a .336 clip.
The Santa Clara University pitching staff has been getting quality starts in each of the last two games only to take no decisions for their efforts. Joe Diefenderfer and John Redmond combined to throw 16 2/3 innings over the last two games for the Broncos in which they allowed only four earned runs on 13 hits with seven strikeouts and only four walks. Diefenderfer threw nine full innings and took a no decsion as the Broncos fell to Pepperdine in the 10 inning by a score of 4-3 in the series finale in Malibu. Redmond threw 7 2/3 innings of great ball in which he allowed only two runs on four hits, leaving the game with the Broncos ahead by a score of 6-2. He took a no decision after Cal edged Santa Clara in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Be Fruitful and Multiply
Joey Gomes and Pat Peavey have combined for 28 multiple hit games this season for Santa Clara, with Gomes leading the way with 18. He has had two hits in 12 games this season, three hits five times and one four hit game. Peavey has collected two hits in eight games this year, while getting three base knock in two games. A.J. LaBarbera, who is on a seven-game hitting streak, has had nine multiple hit games this year, five of which have been three-hit games.
Probable Starters by Position Santa Clara San Francisco 26 Shawn Epidendio 1B 7 Nick Cirbo 1B 4 A.J. LaBarbera 2B 14 Cy Donald 2B 15 Pat Peavey SS 6 Armand Gaerlan SS 20 Dan Vincenzi 3B 8 Royce Fukuroku 3B 8 Jim Wallace C 25 Steve Booth C 35 Joe Diefenderfer LF 31 Joe Jacobitz LF 3 Jack Headley CF 24 Nick Tarbat CF 21 Joey Gomes RF 10 Ryan Sittauer RF 9 David Mandley DH 35 Alfonso Valdez DH
Probable Starting Rotation Santa Clara San Francisco 17 Chad Fillinger 3-2, 4.50 ERA 11 Bryan Williams 1-4, 7.29 ERA 18 Joe Diefenderfer 2-4, 4.42 ERA 20 Jesse Mena 2-1, 9.33 ERA 10 Matt Travis 2-1, 6.26 ERA 22 Peter Dunkle 1-4, 7.15 ERA