Baseball Edged in Season Opener by No. 11 Fresno State, 8-5

Feb. 1, 2002

Box Score

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team played well in its season opener, but fell to the 11th-ranked Fresno State Bulldogs by a score of 8-5, Friday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium.

The Broncos jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Joey Gomes leadoff home run in the second inning, and extended that lead to 5-0 after a two-run double to right-center by Gomes in the third.

Joe Diefenderfer pitched well for the Broncos through the first three innings, allowing only one hit, but let seven runs across the plate over the next three frames as the Bulldogs rallied to take the lead.

Tobey Raday-White led the way offensively for Fresno State (1-0), going 2-for-4 with a home run and four runs batted in. It was Raday-White's three-run blast in the fifth inning off Diefenderfer that gave the Bulldogs the lead for good.

Bob Runyon threw six full innings for FSU, allowing only two earned runs and six hits to pick up the win in his season debut. Francisco Nieves came in from the bullpen to throw the final three innings, shutting the door on Santa Clara (0-1) by allowing only one hit while striking out three.

Chad Fillinger threw four innings of relief for the Broncos in which he allowed only two hits while striking out four and walking none.

Santa Clara will look for its first victory under new head coach Mark O'Brien tomorrow when the same two teams meet for the second game of the three-game set at Buck Shaw Stadium. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.