Feb. 22, 2004
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team snapped its three-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over Saint Mary's College Sunday afternoon at American River College in the final game of the River City Classic in Sacramento, Calif.
The Broncos (6-5) and Gaels (3-9) each scored runs in the first two innings for a 2-2 score, but SMC added one run in the third inning for a 3-2 lead. Santa Clara came right back in the bottom of the fourth inning with one run to knot the score at three apiece.
Both squads remained tied at four until the bottom of the eighth inning when pinch-hitter Nathan Faulkner stepped to the plate with a runner on first and delivered a game-winning two-run homerun to left center field. Anthony Rea came on and threw a perfect ninth inning to preserve the win, picking up his second save of the year in the process.
Santa Clara starter Jared Hughes went 3 1/3 innings in which he allowed three runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Junior Kellan McConnell came on and gave the Broncos 4 2/3 solid innings of relief, allowing only one hit and striking out one during his time on the mound.
Jordan Simo went seven full innings for the Gaels, allowing three earned runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out three. Dane Dobrinich took the loss and fell to 0-1 on the year after allowing the two runs on two hits in his only inning of work.
Santa Clara returns to the diamond on Tuesday, February 24 for a midweek game with the University of the Pacific at 6 p.m. in Buck Shaw Stadium. Following that contest the Broncos will travel to Cal Poly for a three-game series at Baggett Stadium in San Luis Obispo, Calif.