Feb. 6, 2005
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team completed the three-game sweep of Utah on Sunday with a 6-3 victory over the Utes at Buck Shaw Stadium. With the three consecutive victories, the Broncos improve to 4-2 on the season. Utah falls to 0-3 after its first series of the year.
The Broncos scored two runs in the bottom of the first to build an early lead and never look back. The two-out rally started when Robert Perry reached base on an error by first baseman Doug Beck. Nic Crosta singled to left field a batter later to put a runner in scoring position for SCU. A double down the left field line from Dustin Realini brought both runners in and gave Santa Clara the early 2-0 advantage.
In the bottom of the third inning, Santa Clara tacked on three more runs to claim a 5-0 lead. A one-out solo home run by Realini provided the first run of the inning. It was also the first Bronco round tripper of the season. A single from Michael Thompson kept the rally going before a double by Jason Matteucci moved Thompson to third base. Catcher Matt McColgan knocked in both runners with a single to left center field. At the end of three innings, SCU led 5-0.
Santa Clara added its last run of the contest in the bottom of the fourth as a double from Perry led off the frame. Perry would steal third base before scoring on a wild pitch by Ute reliever Chase Christensen.
Utah would score its first run in the top of the sixth and add two more in the top of the ninth, but reliever Adam Sanabria would keep the Utes from scoring anymore and give SCU the win.
Freshman starter Mike Stutes was solid in his second collegiate start. The Lake Oswego, Ore. Native allowed only one run on four hits in six innings of work. He allowed only one hit in the first five innings as he earned his first win.
Thompson, Mattuecci and Realini each led SCU with two hits, while Realini's three RBI were a game-high.
The Broncos will take its first road trip of 2005 this week as they travel to San Diego for a three-game set with San Diego State. Friday's first pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Tony Gwynn Stadium.