Feb. 8, 2002
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University (3-1) baseball team reeled off its third consecutive win with a convincing 12-6 victory over UC Santa Barbara (2-3) in the first game of the three-game weekend series Friday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium.
The Broncos jumped out to an early 9-0 lead after the first inning on nine hits including a two-run blast from third baseman Pat Peavey in the second inning. All in all, Santa Clara posted its 12 runs on a season-high 17 hits, including the Broncos two, three and four hitters who combined to go 9-for-15 in the game.
Joe Diefenderfer looked solid in his second start of the season, throwing three innings of no-hit ball to begin the game. Diefenderfer got himself into trouble in the fourth inning, allowing four consecutive hits as the Gauchos rallied for five runs to narrow the gap to 9-5.
After getting out of the fourth inning, Diefenderfer retired the UCSB side in order in the fifth inning and got two outs in the sixth before giving way to Patrick McBride who pitched a full inning in which he did not allow a hit.
Grant Feichtmeir relieved McBride with two outs in the seventh inning and cruised the rest of the way to close out the game for the Broncos. Feichtmeir allowed only one hit in his 2 1/3 innings of work to give Diefenderfer his first win of the season.
James Garcia was roughed up for the second consecutive game for the Gauchos, allowing six runs on four hits in only 1 2/3 innings of work. Jeremy Sugarman and Jared Edrosolan did not fare much better out of the bullpen as the pitchers threw 2 1/3 and 2 2/3 innings of relief, respectively, in which they each gave up three runs on five hits.
A.J. LaBarbera went 3-for-5 on the day with five runs batted in, two runs scored and two stolen bases from the two-hole for the Broncos. Peavey and Joey Gomes also went 3-for-5 for the Broncos, with Peavey knocking in three and Gomes scoring once and belting a double down the right field line.
Josh McCanne was the only Gaucho to register more than one hit, going 2-for-3 with one run scored and one batted in. Ryan Spilborghs went 1-for-4 with a two-run double down the right field line in the fourth inning.
The same two teams will play the second of their three-game set Saturday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.