Feb. 14, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Dustin Realini's two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning propelled the Santa Clara University baseball team to a 7-5 victory over San Diego State Saturday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium. The win moves the Broncos' record to 5-2 on the year while dropping the Aztecs to 5-8.
"Our bullpen was a big reason for today's victory," said Santa Clara head coach Mark O'Brien. "Each guy that threw today kept us within striking distance and I am very proud of them for that. We also did a very good job of making our at-bats count. Those two things were the our keys to victory."
Realini's game-winning single came off SDSU closer Ryan Schroyer who gave up three runs on four hits in his one inning on the mound. Schroyer blew a potential save as he allowed back-to-back singles to Nathan Faulkner and Will Thompson to begin the eighth. Nic Crosta stepped to the plate and delivered a game-tying single to left center, scoring Faulkner from second base. Jason Matteucci drew a walk following Crosta's single to load the bases, setting up Realini's clutch two-run single.
Following the Bronco rally, Kellan McConnell came on in relief and registered his third save of the year, striking out the final two batters for SCU's fifth win of the year. John Redmond picked up the win and improved to 1-0 on the season as he recorded the final two outs in the top half of the eighth inning, including a sharply hit ball up the middle that he stopped with his foot before throwing out the runner at first base.
Santa Clara starter Andrew Slorp allowed three runs on six hits while walking four and striking out five in his three innings on the bump. Scott Lonergan gave Santa Clara three effective innings of relief, allowing two runs on only three hits to go along with two punchouts. Thomas Van Buskirk bridged the gap between Lonergan and Redmond, allowing only one hit and striking out one in his 1 1/3 innings of work.
Seven Bronco batters notched multiple hits in the game as the team racked up a season-high 18 base knocks on the afternoon. Will Thompson accounted for four of those hits while Michael Thompson, Robert Perry, Faulkner, Crosta, Realini and Lange each had two hits apiece. Both Crosta and Realini ended the game with a pair of RBI.
SDSU posted 10 hits in the game, two each from Lance Zawadzki and Jordan Swaydan. The duo each also knocked in one run. David Hall posted three RBI on the day, all of which came on his double to center field in the top of the third inning.
Actec starter Daryl Harang pitched well in his five innings toeing the rubber, allowing only one earned run on seven hits to go along with four walks and four strikeouts. Four SDSU relievers combined to pitch the next two innings before Schroyer came on in hopes of closing out the final two frames.
The win puts Santa Clara in a position for its first series sweep of the year, as the Broncos took the first game of the series by a 6-2 margin. Sunday's series finale is slated to begin at 1 p.m. in Buck Shaw Stadium.