April 28, 2002
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team picked up its second consecutive win over Loyola Marymount with a 17-1 decision Sunday afternoon at George Page Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif.
Jim Wallace started the Broncos (20-25, 10-10 WCC) scoring in the second inning when he connected on his third home run of the week and 10th of the season off Lions (17-27, 10-10 WCC) starter Josh Muecke. Pat Peavey scored on the blast after walking to begin the inning.
Ryan Chiarelli led off the top of the third inning with a bunt single and moved to second when A.J. LaBarbera reached first base on a throwing error by the pitcher during his sacrifice bunt. The duo scored one batter later when Joey roped a double to right field giving him 40 RBI on the season. Gomes scored Santa Clara's third run of the inning on Jack Headley's double to right field, moving the Bronco lead to 5-0.
Gomes double gave him 25 of the season tying Mike Frank for the all-time lead at Santa Clara for doubles in a single season. Frank originally set the mark during the 1997 season.
The Broncos continue the onslaught in the fifth inning scoring five more runs on three hits, capped off when Scott Dierks stole third base and then stole home to give Santa Clara a 9-0 lead. Dierks reached base with a two-run double down the left field line scoring Peavey and Joe Diefenderfer.
In the seventh inning Santa Clara extended its lead to 17-0 by scoring eight runs on five hits. The first eight Bronco batters in the seventh all scored including LaBarbera who reached base on a two-run double to center field. Chiarelli added a two-run single while Diefenderfer and Mark Folgner each picked up an RBI with a bases loaded walk.
The Lions picked up their lone run in the bottom of the eighth inning as Tommy Perez scored when teammate Joshua Whitesell grounded into a 5-4-3 double play. On the day, Santa Clara turned three double plays
John Redmond threw eight full innings of work in which he allowed one runs on only seven LMU hits while striking out three to even his season record at 5-5. The win for Redmond was his second of the week as he pitched the Broncos to a 18-1 victory over Sacramento State on Tuesday.
Muecke took the loss and fell to 2-5 on the season after allowing seven runs on eight hits in four innings of work.
Santa Clara returns home to Buck Shaw Stadium for its final five home games of the year beginning Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. when Saint Mary's will play the Broncos in a make-up game that was rained out earlier this season. SCU will then host Pepperdine in a three-game set beginning Friday evening at 6 p.m.