Feb. 21, 2004
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team dropped its second consecutive game at the River City Classic in Sacramento, falling to Cal Poly by a 12-4 score Saturday evening at Beaver Field on the American River College campus.
The Mustangs (12-4-1) scored early and ofter, posting two runs in the first, five in the second and one more in the third to jump out to an 8-0 lead after the first three innings. They added four more in the sixth and never looked back en route to their first win of the tournament.
Kyle Blumenthal led the way for Cal Poly, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI. Josh Mayo also added four RBI on two hits in the victory. Chalon Tietje, Sam Herbet, Matt Guiliano and Brandon Roberts combined to go 7-for-15 with eight runs scored and two RBI from the top four spots in the batting order.
Freshman Nathan Faulkner and transfer Nic Crosta led the Santa Clara (5-5) offense with two hits apiece on the evening. Faulkner scored two of the Bronco runs while Crosta had one RBI. Robert Perry went 1-for-2 on the night while pinch hitter Mark Folgner notched a two-run single in his only at-bat in the ninth inning.
Jonathan Fleming improved to 3-2 on the season for the Mustangs after allowing only two hits in six full innings of work. He was helped by the Cal Poly defense who turned four double plays in the first four innings of the game and six overall on the night.
Santa Clara (5-5) starter Andrew Slorp lasted only 1 2/3 innings in his fourth start of the year, allowing six runs on five hits with one walk and one strikeout. Scott Lonergan allowed six runs on seven hits in four innings of relief. John Redmond, Scott Shapiro and Patrick McBride combined to throw the final 3 1/3 innings in which they allowed only one hit.
The Broncos will conclude play in the River City Classic on Sunday morning with an 11 a.m. game against fellow West Coast Conference competitor, Saint Mary's. Sunday's game will be played again at American River College.
Following Sunday's game with the Gaels, Santa Clara will travel to Cal Poly next weekend for a three-game series at Baggett Stadium. Friday's series opener is slated to begin at 6 p.m. while Saturday and Sunday's games will have a 1 p.m. first pitch.