April 9, 2005

Baseball Falls to San Diego in Doubleheader Contests

April 9, 2005

Box Score

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team dropped a pair of West Coast Conference contests on Saturday to San Diego at Buck Shaw Stadium. In the first game, USD posted a 19-2 victory over the Broncos before taking a 10-9 come-from-behind win in the second contest. After the day's action, the Broncos are 14-18 on the season and 1-9 in conference play. The Toreros improve to 20-17-1, 7-7 in WCC action.

After rain kept the teams off the field on Friday night, action began at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. San Diego would score the first run of the contest in the top of the third inning before the Broncos came back in the bottom of the frame to tie the game at 1-1. A two-out walk to Kevin Drever kept the inning alive for SCU. After Drever stole second base, Jason Matteucci brought him across home plate with a single.

However, the Toreros would score 16 unanswered runs over the following five innings to build a lead the Broncos could not overcome. The San Diego rally was highlighted by a grand slam by Jordan Abruzzo in the seventh frame.

Trailing 17-1, Santa Clara scored its second run of the contest in the bottom of the eighth inning when Dustin Realini's RBI-single drove in Robert Perry. Perry had doubled to lead off the inning.

Starter Anthony Rea suffered the loss to fall to 2-4 on the season. He allowed 13 hits in five innings. Bryan Fleming saw his first action of the season in the game, throwing two innings for the Broncos.

Perry highlighted the offense with two hits in the game, while Realini and Matteucci drove in the SCU runs.

In the second game of the day, it looked as if the Toreros would start just as they left off with three runs in the first inning. However, the Broncos would respond with five runs in the bottom of the frame to take an early lead. A two-RBI single up the left field line from Kris Watts would tie the game after Perry drove in the first run with a single. A bunt single by Eric Newton brought in the go-ahead run and an errand throw would allow the fifth Bronco runner to score.

Newton would also provide another run in the bottom of the third with his first home run of the season. After three innings, SCU led 6-3.

San Diego cut the lead to one in the top of the fourth inning with a pair of scores. However, Santa Clara pushed it back up to two runs in the bottom half of the inning when Matteucci drove in Drever. Drever had led off the inning with a single and advanced to third on a Nathan Faulkner single.

USD re-claimed the lead with three runs in the top of the sixth frame, but the Broncos were not done. A single by Drever, two wild pitches and a Torero error would account for two runs as SCU took a 9-8 lead into the final inning.

In the top of the ninth, a lead-off double from Keoni Ruth put a runner in scoring position for USD. After a pop-up, Ruth would be out at third base on a fielder's choice. With pinch runner Gavin Ng on first base, a double by Steve Singleton to right center field would tie the game at 9-9.

The Broncos could not get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the frame, as the teams went into their 19th inning of the day. A single down the left field line by Justin Synder scored the eventual winning run as Jamie Hesselgesser came in from second base.

Patrick Overholt suffered the loss for SCU to drop to 1-5 on the season. Starter Mike Stutes left the game in the fourth inning after a collision at home plate with Shane Bruschini.

Offensively, Drever paced the Broncos, going 4-for-4 at the plate with two runs. Matteucci, Watts and Newton each had two RBI, while Realini and Newton recorded two hits apiece.

The three-game series will conclude on Sunday with a 1 p.m. contest at Buck Shaw Stadium. Senior Kellan McConnell will start on the mound for the Broncos.