Baseball Wins Home Opener 9-3 over BYU
Feb. 9, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Sophomore transfer Dustin Realini went 2-for-3 on the night with four RBI to lead the Santa Clara University Baseball team to a 9-3 victory Monday evening over BYU (1-6) in front of 478 fans at Buck Shaw Stadium.
The Broncos (3-1) scored three early runs on only two hits in the bottom of the first inning off Cougar starting pitcher Paul Jacinto, one of which came off a sacrifice fly by Realini, scoring Nathan Faulkner from third.
After adding single runs in both the third and fifth innings, Santa Clara put things out of reach with three additional runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. The first run of the inning was scored by Robert Perry who took advantage of an error by BYU pitcher Nick Lemon who mishandled Will Thompson's slow roller up the first base line.
The next batter, Michael Thompson, reached base after he was hit by a pitch. Jason Matteucci grounded out on a hit-and-run that advanced both Thompsons, no relation, up one base. Realini stepped to the plate and delivered a two-out single to right-center, putting the Broncos up by a 8-1 count.
BYU scored its first run in the fourth inning on a Andrew Slorp wild pitch, but added to more in the eighth inning on a two-run homerun to right field by Jeff Hiestand off Santa Clara reliever Anthony Rea.
Despite giving up the homerun, Rea picked up the save after allowing both runs on only two hits to go along with two strikeouts in his three innings of relief. Andrew Slorp came in to start the fourth inning, as was pre-determined by the coaching staff prior to the game. Slorp allowed only one run on four hits while striking out four in his three innings of work.
Starter Chad Fillinger picked up the win for the Broncos as the senior did not allow a run and gave up only one hit while striking out seven through the first three innings of the game. Fillinger improves to 1-0 on the season and lowers his ERA down to 2.25 as he has given up only two runs in eight innings on the mound to go along with 12 strikeouts against only two walks.
Jacinto falls to 0-3 on the year for BYU as he allowed five runs, all earned, on six hits while walking three and striking out six. Lemon's three runs given up were all unearned as they came on only one hit following his error off Will Thompson's bat.
Santa Clara and BYU will conclude their brief two-game series Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. in Buck Shaw Stadium. Following that game the Broncos will welcome in Tony Gwynn and his San Diego State Aztecs for a three-game weekend series beginning Friday evening at 6 p.m.