Baseball Drops 3-2 Heartbreaker to Washington

Feb. 21, 2005

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team dropped a 3-2 decision to 19th-ranked Washington on Monday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium after rain pushed the three game series back two days. With the loss, SCU falls to 7-5 on the season, while Washington is 2-4.

The third game of the series proved to be the best pitcher's duel of the set as Bronco starter Anthony Rea and Husky starter Matt Kasser both posted solid performances. Rea, who eventually took the loss, allowed only five hits in a career-long 7.2 inning outing. Kasser, who improved to 1-1 with the win, also allowed only five hits in his seven innings on the mound.

Solo home runs would account for each team's first runs of the contest. Washington's Taylor Johnson hit his in the first inning to give the Huskies an early 1-0 lead. Santa Clara's Dustin Realini returned the favor and evened the score in the bottom of the fourth inning with his second round tripper of the season. After four innings, the game was tied at 1-1.

The Huskies added another run in the top of the fifth to once again take a one run lead. Nick Burnham's RBI single drove in Matt Lane, who had singled to leadoff the inning.

Washington then took a two-run advantage in the top of the eighth when Johnson knocked in Burnham with a single to right field. Heading into the bottom of the eighth, Washington led, 3-1.

The Bronco's attempted a two-out comeback in the bottom of the ninth when Realini doubled down the right field line to keep SCU's hopes alive. Two balks from Husky reliever David Dowling brought Realini across home plate and cut the Husky lead to one run. Kris Watts would then walk a batter later, but a foul fly ball would end the game for Santa Clara.

Realini led the Broncos, going 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Watts, Carl Bacon and Michael Thompson accounted for the remainder of the Bronco hits.

Santa Clara will continue its homestand on Friday when it welcomes Cal Poly to Buck Shaw Stadium for a three-game series. The set will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday before 1 p.m. contests on both Saturday and Sunday.