January 31, 2004

Baseball Falls to UC Riverside, 13-8

Jan. 31, 2004

Box Score

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team gave up six runs in the fifth inning, leading to a 13-8 loss at UC Riverside Saturday afternoon at the UCR Sports Complex in Riverside, Calif. The loss evens up the season-opening series at one game apiece with Sunday's series finale scheduled for Noon.

The Highlanders (1-1) scored at least one run in seven of the eight innings they came to bat, scoring once in five of those innings while adding six big runs in the fifth and two more in the eighth.

Tony Festa and Brian Steinmeyer had three hits apiece in the victory for UCR while leadoff hitter Aaron Grant went 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Brett Bigler added one hit in the game but had three RBI to go along with his one run scored.

Santa Clara (1-1) scored twice in each of the second, sixth, seventh and eighth innings for its eight runs on the afternoon. Dustin Realini had a big day for SCU, going 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. His two RBI came off an opposite field home run in the top of the second inning that gave the Broncos a brief 2-1 lead.

Eric Newton and Will Thompson each had two RBI on the day with Newton's coming via a two-run home run to center field in the sixth inning. Thompson's pair of RBI came off a bases-loaded single up the middle in the top of the eighth that narrowed the UCR lead down to 11-8.

John Martinez picks up the win for the Highlanders as he tossed five full innings in which he allowed four runs on five hits while walking one and striking out two. Brian Hoff picked up the save as he recorded the final four outs while allowing only one hit and striking out two.

Andrew Slorp took the loss for SCU as he allowed three runs, only two of which were earned, on five hits in three innings on the mound. John Redmond had a rough outing, allowing six runs on four hits in only 1 2/3 innings of work.

Playing at very deliberate pace, the game took nearly four hours to complete as the two pitching staffs combined for 16 walks, 10 of which were give up by the SCU staff. Despite four UCR errors and one from Santa Clara, only one of the 21 runs scored in the game was unearned.

Sunday's series finale is slated for a Noon first pitch. Following the game the Broncos will fly home and prepare for their two-game series with BYU on Monday and Tuesday, February 9 and 10. Monday's game with the Cougars will begin at 6 p.m. while Tuesday's game will begin at 3 p.m.