Feb. 15, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - After falling behind in the top of the fourth, the Santa Clara University baseball team could not seem to find their way from behind as the Aztecs topped the Broncos 4-2 in Sunday's series finale. Despite the loss, SCU (5-3) took the weekend series, topping San Diego State (6-8) in two of the three games.
San Diego State University's Chris Hartshorn pitched a complete game shut out, giving up only three hits. Brock Ungricht ignited the fourth inning rally with his single down the right field line. Ungricht led the Aztecs with two hits followed by Jake McLintock, Curt Mendoza and James Guerrero each adding one. A combination of walks, stolen bases, and wild pitches plagued the Broncos throughout the game putting the Aztecs in ideal scoring situations.
Santa Clara's starting pitcher, Jared Hughes, came out strong shutting out the Aztecs for the first three innings. It was the fourth inning that was his downfall, giving up two runs triggered by a hit, two walks and smart base running by San Diego State. Hughes allowed two runs on three hits while walking five and striking out two in his five innings on the mound.
Thomas Van Buskirk entered the game in the sixth giving up one run while walking one and striking out one. Anthony Rea finished the game, taking the mound in the seventh giving up only one run on two hits to go along with three punch-outs.
The Broncos could not seem to catch a break as they ran themselves into two double plays, unable to rally themselves into a scoring situation. Robert Perry posted a double in the first along with Will Thompson and Dustin Realini who each added a hit on the day.
The Broncos are scheduled to match up against Washington State as part of the River City Classic in Sacramento, Calif. hosted by Sacramento State. First pitch is scheduled for 10 a.m.