SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The Santa Clara baseball team (8-10) picked up its eighth win of the season tonight, defeating the visiting Brown Bears (2-7), 8-3, tonight at Schott Stadium to start off a four-game series between the two teams.
SCU starting pitcher senior Cory Hall (3-3) pitched the Broncos' first complete game of the season and established a new team and individual season-high, striking out 11 batters. Hall surrendered only eight hits and three runs in the game. The Bears' Matthew Kimball (0-2) was charged with the loss with six runs (three earned) on nine hits.
"We [the pitching staff] talked about it all week and so I wanted to go out there and attack the hitters," said Hall. "That was my main goal, to attack and compete and I thought I did a good job of that. My fastball-changeup combo was working well tonight and it kept the hitters off balance."In the fourth inning, Brown took a 2-0 lead with two outs on the board, fueled by doubles from Matt Colantonio and Ryan Zrenda and singles from Pete Greskoff and Mike DiBiase. The Bears added one run on a fifth-inning RBI-single from Matt DeRenzi to make it 3-0.
Santa Clara extended its lead to five in the eighth inning on a two-RBI double from Matt Ozanne, which would be the final two runs of the game.
"We've had a little bit of cabin fever with this rainy weather," said O'Brien. "So it was good to get out and play at our home field and be outdoors and good to get off to a good start in the series."
The series will continue on Sunday at Schott Stadium with a doubleheader scheduled to start at 1 p.m.
Game Notes: Game time of 2:16 was the shortest game played so far in Santa Clara's season … freshman Kyle DeMerritt continued his trend of making spectacular diving stops, saving a hit in the top of the ninth … DeMerritt brought his consistency at the plate back up to par, going 2-for-3 at the plate in the game … Blake Leyva was also 2-for-3 … Santa Clara only left two stranded on the bags, while Brown left six men on base … the game was the only the Broncos second played in a span of 13 days due to rainy weather in the Bay Area.