Santa Clara Baseball Narrowly Escapes SJSU 7-6 Friday Night
Feb. 29, 2008
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team extended its win streak to five games Friday night as the Broncos defeated the Spartans of San Jose State University, 7-6, in game one of the 2008 Rivalry Series. With the win, SCU improved to 5-0, while SJSU was dealt its first lost of the season, 4-1.
San Jose State came out of the gates swinging and quickly got on the scoreboard with runs scored by Tyler Heil and Kyle Bellows. Ryan Conan then got things started for the Broncos in the second inning after doubling to center field and then reaching on a single by Gabe Alcantar. Karcich then homered to left field to give the Broncos a 4-2 lead allowing Alcantar and Klein to score.
After a 1-2-3 top of the third, the Broncos tacked on two more runs to make the score 6-2. After stealing second, Alcantar scored his second run of the night on a single by Klein. Following two plays later was Klein who reached on a Spartan error. Both Bronco runs were unearned.
San Jose State did not back down and made it a one-run game in the fourth inning as a double by Heil scored Anthony Aguilera and Michael Maehl. Heil then made it home on a Bellows' single to second base.
The Broncos did not score again until the sixth inning when junior Matt Long launched a solo home run over the right field wall.
Bellows had the last scoring effort of the contest, advancing on a pass ball late in the seventh inning.
Sophomore Nate Garcia (2-0) earned the win for Santa Clara after pitching 6.0 innings. He retired early in the seventh inning and sophomore Alex Rivers finished the pitching duties and earned his first save of the season.
Santa Clara and San Jose State continue Rivalry Series action Saturday afternoon at Municipal Stadium in San Jose. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.