Feb. 28, 2004
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Five ninth inning runs lifted the Santa Clara University baseball team to a 9-6 come-from-behind victory over Cal Poly Saturday afternoon at Baggett Stadium in San Luis Obispo, Calif. With the win the Broncos improve to 8-6 on the year while dropping the Mustangs to 14-6-1.
The middle of the Bronco lineup proved to be the difference on the day as the three through six batters went a combined 9-for-18 with four runs scored and seven RBI. Sophomore designated hitter Michael Thompson led the way as he went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBI, two of which came on his first home run of the season in the sixth inning.
Right fielder Nic Crosta went 3-for-4 with two RBI for SCU while Will Thompson and Dustin Realini each went 2-for-5. Will Thompson had two doubles to go along with his one run scored and one RBI. Realini's lone RBI came on a single in the ninth inning.
Anthony Rea picked up the victory for the Broncos and improved to 2-0 on the year, throwing the final 2 2/3 innings in which he allowed two runs on four hits with one strikeout. Starter Kellan McConnell threw the first 5 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on eight hits to go along with three walks and two strikeouts.
Kyle Blumenthal and Billy Saul each had three hits to lead the Cal Poly offense that pounded out 14 hits on the afternoon. Saul had three RBI on the day while Chalon Tietje had two RBI as he went 2-for-4 with his first homerun of the season.
Reliever Josh Hobson took the loss and fell to 0-2 after allowed the only batter he faced to reach base. That runner eventually came around for the game-winning run. Jonathan Fleming was stellar in his start, allowing only three hits in five full innings of work. Nolan Moser gave up four runs on six hits in 2 2/3 innings of work for the Mustangs.
The win for the Broncos is their first in three tries against Cal Poly this season. SCU will look to win its third series of the season on Sunday at 1 p.m. against the Mustangs. Santa Clara defeated UC Riverside and San Diego State two out of three games in its only previous three-game series' this season.