Feb. 22, 2003
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team evened up its three-game series with UC Santa Barbara at one game apiece with a 13-6 win Saturday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
The Broncos came out swinging early on, scoring seven runs on six hits in the top of the first inning, highlighted by a grand slam by transfer Will Thompson. After four-straight hits and a hit by pitch, Thompson strode to the plate for only the second time all season where he took the first pitch he saw over the left center field fence for an opposite round tripper. Michael Thompson, no relation, followed the big blast with one of his own, smashing a solo home run over left field scoreboard, giving the Broncos a 7-0 lead after one half inning of play.
The Gauchos answered right back in the bottom half of the first inning as Brian Adams belted a lead off home run over the right field fence. After Nate Sutton walked and a Taylor Vogt single, Chad Ziemendorf brought home UCSB's second run of the game with a single to center field. Matt Stevens narrowed the Bronco lead even more with a sacrifice fly ball to right field, scoring Vogt and making the score at the end of the first full inning 7-3 in favor of SCU.
Between the two teams there were 10 runs scored on nine hits in an inning that took 38 minutes to complete.
Santa Clara continued with its offensive outburst in the second inning, scoring three more runs on four hits highlighted by back-to-back-to-back doubles by Jim Wallace and the two Thompsons. Wallace's double plated LaBarbera who reached earlier on a double to center field. Wallace came home on Will Thompson's double down the right field line and scored himself one batter later when Michael Thompson doubled down the left field line. The four doubles in one inning was season-high for the Broncos who increased their lead to 10-3 after 1 ½ innings of play.
UCSB added two more runs in their half of the second inning on only one hit. Santa Clara starter Andrew Slorp walked the bases full before giving way to Joe Diefenderfer. After getting Vogt to fly out to left field, Diefenderfer gave up a single to Ziemendorf that scored Josh Fulton and Sutton, trimming the Bronco lead down to 10-4.
SCU added three more runs in the fourth inning, increasing its lead to 13-5 after 3 ½ innings. Jack Headley began the inning with a single and moved to second on a balk. He moved up to third base on a single by Wallace. Headley scored on Will Thompson's second double of the game, giving him six RBI through the first four innings of the game. Wallace and Thompson scored over the next three batters as the Gauchos committed an error on a failed pick off attempt, scoring Wallace before Thompson scored on a Ryan Pierpont groundout.
The Gauchos added one run in the bottom of the fourth inning as Sutton led off with a single to center field and moved to second on a passed ball. He scored two batters later as Ziemendorf stroked his third single of the game, this time to right field which gave him four RBI on the day and cut the SCU lead down to 13-6.
Diefenderfer was spectacular in his 6 2/3 innings of work for Santa Clara, allowing only one run on five hits with no walks and seven strikeouts to improve his season record to 2-2 on the season. Anthony Rea came on in the ninth inning and recorded the final three outs for the victory.
Eric Posthumus took the loss for the Gauchos, allowing eight runs on seven hits in just one plus inning of work. Rich Sorenson allowed four runs on five hits in his two innings on the mound while Jared Edrosolan gave up one run on three hits in three plus innings.
Will Thompson was the offensive hero for SCU, finishing the game with a grand slam, two doubles, one triple and six RBI. Wallace also had a big day, going 3-for-4 with two singles, a double and one RBI. David Hoffmire had a big day in his first collegiate start, going 2-for-4 with a double and a single while making several good defensive plays at third base.
The win improves the Broncos' record to 7-7 on the year while dropping UCSB to 5-8 in 2003. The same two teams will play the rubber match of the three-game set on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. in Uyesaka Stadium.