April 11, 2002
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Former Santa Clara University baseball standout Mike Crudale worked a scoreless ninth inning on the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals in his Major League debut Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Brewers. He became the 46th player from the Mission Campus to appear in the Big Leagues and is one of three former Broncos currently on a Major League roster.
While Eduardo Perez drove home the winning run for the Cardinals, the team's real stars Wednesday were its relief pitchers. After Andy Benes was roughed up for five runs in three-plus innings, four St. Louis relievers combined to pitch eight shutout frames.
Jason Isringhausen pitched the last two innings for his first win as a Cardinal. Luther Hackman pitched two hitless innings, followed by three shutout innings from Mike Timlin. Mike Crudale tossed a perfect ninth in his Major League debut to set up Isringhausen.
Crudale pitched on the Mission Campus from 1996-99 where he appeared in 65 games for the Broncos, posting a record of 15-19 with 10 saves and an ERA below 4.30. He currently ranks fourth all-time in Santa Clara history in career saves.