Feb. 8, 2003
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team dropped its second consecutive game to UC Irvine, losing game two of the three-game series by a score of 9-4 Saturday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium.
UC Irvine (2-1) got the scoring going in the top of the second inning, scoring three times on four hits. Kyle Ryckebosch picked up an RBI on his single to left field, scoring Jordan Szabo who led off the inning with a single up the middle. With the bases loaded and two outs Matt Fisher and Jaime Martinez were hit by a pitch in consecutive at bats, plating Jeff Werhun and Jon Horwitz to give the Anteaters a 3-0 lead.
Santa Clara (4-4) got one run back in the bottom of the third inning when Joe Diefenderfer scored from third base as Scott Shapiro grounded into a fielder's choice. Diefenderfer reached base on a walk and moved to third when freshman Michael Thompson roped a double down the left field line.
UCI added five runs in the top of the fourth inning, four of which were unearned, as the Broncos made two costly errors in the field. Chris Klemm inflicted the most damage, picking up two RBI on a single to center field, scoring Fisher from third and Daniel Miramontes from second who reached on a throwing error by Thompson.
SCU began chipping away at the Anteater lead in the bottom of the fourth inning as freshman Eric Newton connected on his first career home run with one out in the inning. The Broncos added two more runs in the fifth inning, cutting the UCI lead down to 8-4 as Shapiro picked up his second RBI of the game on a groundout and Jason Matteucci picked up his first RBI of the game with a single to left field.
Santa Clara could get no closer however as UC Irvine added one more run in the eighth inning to extend its lead to the eventual final score of 9-4.
Brett Smith picked up the win for UCI, throwing 5 1/3 innings in which he allowed four runs on eight hits while walking four and striking out three. Steve Schroer picked up his first save this season by throwing the final 3 2/3 innings in which he allowed only one hit to go along with his three strikeouts.
John Redmond took the loss for Santa Clara, allowing six runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings. Andrew Slorp gave up two unearned runs on four hits in 1 2/3 innings before Chad Fillinger came in and threw the final four full innings in which he allowed only one run on two hits to go along with his five strikeouts.
Thompson finished the game for the Broncos by going 3-for-5 with one run scored, while Matteucci went 2-for-4 with one RBI.
Klemm paced the UCI offense with his two hits, two runs scored and two RBI, followed by Szabo, Miramontes and Horwitz who had two hits apiece.
Santa Clara and UC Irvine conclude their three-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Buck Shaw Stadium.