Broncos Fall, 4-0, In Rivalry Series Rubber Game
April 3, 2007
SAN JOSE, Calif. - It just happened to be one of those nights for the Santa Clara baseball team Tuesday, as the Broncos managed six hits and were shutout for only the second time all season in a 4-0 loss to the San Jose State Spartans at San Jose Municipal Stadium. With the win, the Spartans captured three points in the Rivalry Series, although Santa Clara has already clinched the annual competition between the two schools for this athletic year.
The Broncos fall to 15-16 on the year with the loss, and will return to West Coast Conference action Thursday afternoon, beginning a three-game set against the San Francisco Dons with a 3 p.m. contest at Benedetti Diamond.
Carl Bacon and Tommy Medica each had a pair of hits Tuesday night, while Jon Karcich added a double to pace the Broncos. Offensively, the Bronco bats were held in check by Spartan starter Josh Amberson, who struck out a career-high 12 batters and walked only one while turning in his first career complete game and improving his record to 3-0.
Amberson retired the first 14 SCU batters he faced until LeBlanc, with two away in the bottom of the fifth, lined a single off of Amberson's ankle that caromed towards third base.
San Jose State struck early off of Bronco starter Sean O'Neill, getting three straight one-out singles and taking advantage of an SCU fielding error to take a 2-0 lead. Karson Klauer's single was followed by a base hit by Ryan Angel, who, while Klauer advanced to third, reached second on LeBlanc's fielding error in left. Donato Giovanatto followed with a two-run single into right-center.
O'Neill gave up four runs, three earned, on eight hits over four and a third innings, and was charged with his first loss of the season.
The Spartans got another pair in the third, as a one-out walk to Angel was followed by an RBI double to left-center by Giovanatto. A base hit to left from Kyle Bellows would bring Giovanatto home for SJSU's final run.
Giovanatto led the Spartans with two hits and three RBIs Tuesday night, while Angel had a pair of hits and scored twice.
Santa Clara's best chance at the plate came in the eighth inning, as Karcich's two-out double was followed by Medica's infield hit to third to put runners on the corners. But the rally was snuffed out as pinch-hitter Geoff Klein flied out to left to end the inning.