February 11, 2002

Baseball Falls to BYU, 15-5

Feb. 11, 2002

Box Score

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University's baseball team took an early 4-1 lead but could not hold on as the BYU Cougars rallied to defeat the Broncos by a score of 15-5 Monday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium.

BYU (2-7) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead without getting a hit in the top of the first inning when Kainoa Obrey scored Doug Jackson on a sacrifice fly to left field.

Santa Clara (3-4) answered right back in the bottom of the first inning with four runs of their own on five hits, including a two-run double from Kellan McConnell that scored Pat Peavey and Joey Gomes.

The Cougars scored two more runs on the Broncos' starting pitcher, Patrick McBride, in the second inning and two more in the third, knocking him from the game. McBride finished the game with five runs allowed on five hits during his 2 2/3 innings of work to take his first loss of the season.

Conor Curtis came on in relief for Santa Clara but allowed four more runs on four hits in 2 1/3 innings, giving the Cougars all the cushion they would need.

Scott Koffman picked up his first win of the season for BYU, going six full innings in which he allowed only four runs on nine hits. Jason Garcia picked up the save for the Cougars, throwing three innings of one hit ball.

Six BYU players gathered two hits on the afternoon, including Obrey who went 2-for-3 with three runs score and two runs batted in.

A.J. LaBarbera went 3-for-5 on the day for Santa Clara, which included his first home run of the season in the top of the first inning. McConnell and Joe Diefenderfer each went 2-for-4 in the loss.

Santa Clara will conclude its season-long eight-game homestand Tuesday night at The Shaw as they host the California Golden Bears at 6 p.m.