Feb. 24, 2007
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - While the Santa Clara baseball team didn't have any trouble putting runners on base Saturday afternoon against Cal Poly, the team struggled to drive those runners in, leaving 15 stranded in the contest on the way to a 3-2 setback against the Mustangs, setting up the weekend's rubber game on Sunday.
SCU (8-8) will attempt to capture the series with a victory in Sunday's 1 p.m. contest at Stephen Schott Stadium.
Gabe Alcantar went 2-for-5 with an RBI Saturday, while Ryan Conan went 2-for-2 and drew three walks. Nathan Faulkner also had a pair of hits, as the trio combined for six of SCU's nine hits on the day.
Bryan Kepner had a pair of hits and an RBI for the Mustangs (9-7), while Logan Schafer's two-run single in the seventh ended up as the game-winner for Cal Poly.
The Broncos took an early lead in the first inning for the second time in the series, as Juan Parra scored on a passed ball with one out. The lead would become 2-0 in the fifth, as Alcantar's single through the left side plated David Hoffmire.
But, in a dubious sign of things to come, the Bronco inning came to an end two batters later as Carl Bacon flied out with the bases loaded.
The Mustangs got a run back in the sixth on Kepner's two-out double, which drove in Grant Desme, who reached on a fielder's choice and went to second on a balk from SCU starter Nate Garcia.
Garcia struck out six while allowing only two runs in six innings of work, getting a no-decision on the day.
After the Broncos squandered a one-out, bases-loaded situation in the sixth, reliever Alex Rivers came in after Garcia walked Wes Dorrell to start the top of the seventh. Followign a walk and a sacrifice bunt, which put runners on second and third, Schafer slapped a base hit up the middle that plated both runners and ended up being just enough for Cal Poly to hang on. Rivers took the loss for SCU to fall to 0-2.
Santa Clara put runners on in each of its last three chances at the plate, even having runners on second and third with none out in the seventh, but Cal Poly reliever Andrew Slorp struck out the next three batters to quell the threat.
Evan Reed pitched the final two innings for the Mustangs, picking up his fourth save of the year, while Derrick Saito collected the win.