Feb. 26, 2002
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team evened up its home record at 5-5 on the season with a come-from-behind victory over Sacramento State Tuesday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium by a score of 7-5.
The Broncos fell behind early as starting pitcher Matt Travis gave up three runs in the first two innings, two of which came on a two-run first inning home run by Hornet right fielder Mario Celillo.
After giving up a fourth run in the fourth inning, Travis would give way to Bronco reliever Jared Anderson who threw two innings of scoreless ball, after which Santa Clara would tie the score at four in the sixth inning when Jim Wallace singled home Dan Vincenzi.
Sacramento State scored once in the eighth inning off Patrick McBride to take a 5-4 lead. The Hornets, however, could not hold on to the lead as starter Jeff Groeger surrendered three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning on three Santa Clara hits.
Vincenzi led off the Bronco half of the eighth with an infield single, followed immediately by a single to right field by Gomes. Scott Dierks came on to pinch-run for Vincenzi and would advance to third on a walk to Jack Headley. With the bases juiced, Wallace picked up his second RBI of the game with a sac fly to center field that scored Dierks and moved Gomes to third. Following a Mandley walk, freshman Bobby Wiginton scored two on a single to right field, giving the Broncos all the runs they would need with a 7-5 lead.
Senior Grant Feichtmeir came on to close out the ninth, picking up his team-leading third save of the season, despite walking two and loading the bases before getting the final out on a fly ball to center.
McBride gets the win for Santa Clara and improves to 1-1 on the season while Groeger takes the loss for the Hornets and drops to 3-1.
The Broncos will next head out on a season-long eight game road trip that begins this Friday in Reno, Nev., as Santa Clara plays the University of Nevada at 2 p.m. Games two and three of the series with Nevada will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.