April 20, 2002
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team evened up its three-game series with Portland Saturday afternoon with an 8-3 victory at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Less than 24 hours removed from giving up a season-high 22 runs on 23 hits to the Pilots in the series opener, Santa Clara (17-23, 8-8 WCC) starting pitcher Joe Diefenderfer shut down Portland (15-20, 8-9 WCC), allowing only three runs across. The southpaw picked up his third complete game of the year and improved his record to 4-4 on the season. Diefenderfer also struck out four batters while not walking any in the victory.
Senior shortstop Pat Peavey continued his hot hitting and lifted his season average above .300 after going 4-for-4 at the plate Saturday afternoon with one double, one run scored and two runs batted in. The last time Peavey's average was above .300 this season was on March 8.
Jim Wallace connected on his seventh home run of the season in sixth inning to tie him for the team lead in that category. But just one inning later Joey Gomes connected on his eighth home run of the season to regain sole possession. Gomes finished the day 2-for-5 and picked up his 21st double of the season while driving in three more runs.
All in all, eight of Santa Clara's nine starters in the batting order connected on at least one hit including designated hitter Scott Dierks who finished the day 2-for-4 with one RBI.
Matt Hollod took the loss for the Pilots after allowing six runs on nine hits in six full innings of work. Brule Speck faced only two batters in relief and allowed two runs on two hits. Jeff Cambers threw the final two innings for Portland and allowed only two hits while striking out one and walking one.
Matt Allen went 4-for-4 with one double to lead the UP offensive attack, while Kory Casto connected on his second home run of the series in the top of the sixth inning. Casto finished the day with two hits, as did second baseman Eric Hull.
The Broncos and Pilots will play the rubbermatch of the three-game series Sunday afternoon at "The Shaw." The First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.