Feb. 10, 2002
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University's baseball team entered Sunday looking for its second consecutive series win over a Big West team, but it was UC Santa Barbara that came away with the win, holding off the Broncos for a 6-1 victory at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Santa Clara (3-3) and UCSB (4-3) each played scoreless ball through the first five innings, getting tremendous pitching outings from each of their starters. But with two outs in the sixth inning, the Gauchos scored the game's first run on a throwing error by shortstop A.J. LaBarbera.
The error forced Bronco starting pitcher John Redmond from the game who finished with an impressive line, throwing 5 2/3 innings of work in which he allowed one unearned run on three hits while striking out five.
The 1-0 lead was increased in the seventh inning when the Gauchos scored three more times off Bronco reliever A.J. Ampi, who allowed five runs on six hits in 2 2/3 innings of work on the day.
Matt Vasquez had all of the run support he would need as he threw eight full innings of work on the mound in which he allowed only one unearned run on four hits. Matt Moran finished the game for the Gauchos in the ninth inning, in which he struck out one batter while facing the minimum in the final frame.
First baseman Josh McCanne went 3-for-4 on the day with one run scored and two batted in to lead the Gaucho offense. Ryan Spilborghs finished the day with two hits, one run scored and one run batted in.
The Broncos had five players with one hit apiece, but it was Joey Gomes who picked up the RBI in the bottom of the eighth inning with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to deep center.
Santa Clara will continue its longest homestand of the season with a 3 p.m. game against BYU Monday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Broncos will conclude its homestand Tuesday night when they welcome in the California Golden Bears for a 6 p.m. first pitch.