March 2, 2008
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team registered a 5-2 triumph over San Jose State Sunday afternoon to win the 2008 Rivalry Series with a record of 2-1. With the win, the Broncos improved to 6-1 on the year, while the Spartans dropped to 5-2 overall.
Brady Fuerst compiled another stellar performance for SCU in this weekend series, going 2-for-3 at bat with two runs and three RBIs. Fuerst also registered his first home run of the season. Matt Long and Jon Karcich both went 2-for-4 for the Broncos, while Long hit his second homer of the series and season.
After a scoreless first two innings, Fuerst launched a two-run homer to right centerfield putting the Broncos on the scoreboard, 2-0, as Karcich also scored. Santa Clara's defense held off San Jose State from registering any hits until the bottom of the third, when Jason Martin doubled to center field. Yet, the Spartans were unable to capitalize.
Both teams were scoreless through the fourth and fifth innings, and then the Broncos increased their lead to 3-0 with a Long solo home run over the right field fence in the sixth inning. Long provided similar insurance in the sixth inning for Santa Clara in Friday night's victory over the Spartans.
SCU added on two runs in the seventh inning to claim a 5-0 advantage. Fuerst started things off with an RBI double allowing Karcich to earn his second run of the afternoon. After advancing to third on a previous play, a single from Long brought home Fuerst for his second run of game.
After seven shutout innings allowing only three Spartan hits and striking out five batters, starting pitcher Donald Brandt retired for the game. He threw 110 pitches for the Broncos with 76 total strikes. SCU went through three additional pitchers as Daniel DeMarco, Matt Renner and Alex Rivers finished out the eighth inning.
The Spartans did score two runs to end the potential shutout for the Broncos. Corey Valine's single through the right side allowed John Shaffer and Michael Drake to score the San Jose State.
Brandt earned his second win of the season, while Rivers picked up his second save of the year as Santa Clara defeated San Jose State, 5-2, and one the Rivalry Series, 2-1.
The Broncos return to action on Tuesday, March 7 against the Bulldogs of Fresno State. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Stephen Schott Stadium.