Feb. 10, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Despite scoring 10 runs on 16 hits, the Santa Clara University baseball team could not hold off a stingy BYU Cougars team that outslugged the Broncos (3-2) for a 11-10 victory Tuesday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Leadoff hitter Brandon Taylor led BYU (2-6) on the day with his 3-for-5 performance that included two homeruns, a double, two runs scored and four RBI. Kory Knell and Rob Itri each added two hits and two runs scored on the night for the Cougars.
Bronco leadoff man Robert Perry also had a stellar afternoon as the freshman went 4-for-6 at the plate that included his first collegiate homerun. Transfer Nic Crosta went 3-for-4 with four runs scored and an RBI that came on his second home run of the season.
Dustin Realini, Michael Thompson and Jason Matteucci each had two hits on the night, with Matteucci and Thompson each picking up a pair of RBI. Shortstop Michael Lange belted his first homerun of the season, going deep in the fourth inning.
The Cougars used six pitchers on the day, none more effective than Justin Su'a who allowed only two hits in his 2 1/3 innings of work that included three strikeouts for his first win of the season. Nathan Hess notched his first save of the year, striking out Lange and getting Perry to pop out to end the game.
Kellan McConnell took the loss for the Broncos as the closer allowed two runs on three hits in three innings on the mound. Each of the four SCU pitchers allowed a run on the afternoon as starter Jared Hughes gave up four runs on four hits in three full innings. Scott Lonergan yielded four runs, only two of which were earned, on two hits in 2 1/3 innings. John Redmond got the final two out of the sixth inning but not before giving up an unearned run on two hits.
Santa Clara returns to action this weekend as they welcome Tony Gwynn and his San Diego State Aztecs to Buck Shaw Stadium for a three-game series beginning Friday evening at 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday's games are slated for 1 p.m. first pitches.