SANTA CLARA, Calif. – On a cool night at Schott Stadium, Santa Clara baseball lost to BYU by a final score of 8-2. The Broncos are now 8-20 overall and 0-8 in conference while the Cougars are 16-14 and 4-4 in WCC action.
The two teams wrap-up the series tomorrow, Sat., April 6 at 1 p.m.
Mike Couch (3-4, 3.49) started for Santa Clara and picked up a loss in 2.2 innings. Couch allowed six runs, four earned, on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts. The offense was led by T.J. Braff who was 2-2 with a walk and a RBI. Greg Harisis was 1-4 with a home run while Stephen Takahashi was 1-3.
Adam Miller (1-5, 5.83) started for BYU and got a win in 5.0 innings. Miller allowed two runs on four hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Matt Milke (1-1, 2.96) picked up his second save of the season while throwing 4.0 innings in relief. Hayden Nielsen led the offense by going 3-5 with three RBI. Jaycob Brugman was 2-4 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored, a RBI and a walk while Adam Law was 2-5 with a run scored, a RBI and a walk.
Brock Whitney reached on a throwing error by Harisis with one out in the top of the second and Kelton Caldwell put runners on second and third with a double over the left fielder's head. Jarrett Jarvis struck out on a pitch in the dirt and made it to first when the umpire put his hand up to signal the batter out so Zach Looney didn't throw to first to complete the strikeout. After a lengthy argument by Bronco head coach Dan O'Brien, Nate Favero came up with the bases loaded and hit a sacrifice fly to left to give BYU the 1-0 lead. Nielsen singled to left to bring in another run before Couch got out of the inning.
Trace Hansen led off the third with a double to left and Law served a single to right field to knock in another run. The offense continued with a one-hop double off the wall in left center that brought in the fourth Cougar run of the night. After a pop out to right, Caldwell and Jarvis drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. For the second time in as many innings, Favero hit a sac fly, this one to right field, to extend the lead to 5-0. Nielsen singled right back over Couch to bring in another run and end Couch's night. D.J. Zapata came in and ended the inning with a grounder to second.
Harisis led off the bottom of the fourth with his second home run of the season to get the Broncos on the board. Perry followed with a four-pitch walk and moved to second on a passed ball. Casey Munoz advanced Perry to third with a ground out to first and T.J. brought in the second run of the inning with an infield single to short. Kyle DeMerritt reached first on an error by the shortstop that put runners on the corners but Takahashi grounded out to first.
Brugman led off the top of the sixth with a double off the right center field wall. After two outs were recorded without Brugman advancing, Jarvis hit a RBI single to right to push the Cougar lead to five at 7-2. Favero followed with a single to right to put runners on the corners and end the night for Steffens. Chris Mendoza came in from the bullpen and gave up a RBI single to Nielsen off the glove of Harisis at third. The inning ended when Viele threw out Favero at home trying to advance two bases on an infield single by Hannemann.
Munoz started the bottom of the ninth with a walk and Justin Gisch pinch ran. Mac Hess came in to pinch hit and struck out swinging for the first out of the inning. M. Ozanne went down swinging as well and Drew Ozanne popped out to short to end the game.
Game Notes: First pitch was at 6:02 … Time of game was 3:04 … Attendance was 381 … Stephen Takahashi made a spectacular over-the-shoulder, diving catch in left center for the first out of the game … Jake Steffens came in to pitch in the top of the fifth … Matt Milke came in to pitch for BYU in the bottom of the sixth … Drew Ozanne came in to play second and Peter Summerville came in behind the plate in the top of the seventh … Kenny Treadwell pitched the ninth for Santa Clara … Justin Gisch made his season debut in the bottom of the ninth as a pinch runner.