Feb. 24, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team scored eight runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning en route to an 8-3 victory over Pacific Tuesday night at Buck Shaw Stadium. The win marks the second in a row for the Broncos who are now 7-5 on the season while Pacific falls to 5-4.
After giving up three runs in the first two innings, SCU settled into the game and posted eight runs on only five hits in the fourth inning for an 8-3 lead. That margin proved insurmountable as relievers John Redmond, Andrew Slorp, Patrick McBride, Thomas Van Buskirk and Anthony Rea combined to throw the final six innings while not surrendering another run.
Nic Crosta notched both of his hits in the fourth inning for the Broncos, one of which gave him his 12th RBI of the season. Will Thompson added a two-run single to right field while Michael Thompson posted an RBI single of his own. Robert Perry and Mark Folgner picked each picked up an RBI the hard way, as Perry walked and Folgner was hit by a pitch.
Mike Matthews took the loss for the Tigers as he allowed five runs on four hits while walking three and striking out only two. Todd Merz was roughed up out of the bullpen, allowing three runs on one hit while walking two and failing to register an out.
Evan Bishop and Jesse Kovacs each notched two hits and scored once for Pacific. Jordan Seiber and Brandon Gottier had one RBI apiece with Seiber's coming on a sacrifice fly and Gottier's coming on a single to left field.
Santa Clara improves to 70-35 all-time against Pacific in a series that dates back to 1895. The Broncos also avenge a 5-4 loss suffered at the hands of the Tigers in Stockton nearly one year ago.
SCU returns to action this weekend with a three-game series at Cal Poly beginning Friday evening at 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday's contests are both slated to begin at 1 p.m.