March 6, 2004
SAN JOSE, Calif. - San Jose State (9-6-1) posted 17 runs in Saturday afternoon's game at Municipal Stadium to defeat the Santa Clara Broncos (10-7) 17-1. SJSU dominated every aspect of the game. Matt Durkin improved to 4-0 with as he tossed seven innings of five hit ball. Kellan McConnell fell to 1-2 on the year.
After giving up five hits and four runs in the bottom of the first yesterday to the Broncos, the Spartans decided it was their turn. San Jose State batted around the order in the bottom of the four-run first inning, as did SCU in yesterday's contest. The Spartans batted around the order in three different innings.
Four Spartans led the attack with at least two hits each. David Pierson had a team high three hits and an RBI and three runs scored. Anthony Contreras had a single and a double, with an RBI and three runs scored. SJSU scored in all but two innings, the second and sixth. In the eighth inning, pinch hitter Darrell Sales hit his first collegiate homer, a three-run no-doubter to left, giving the Spartans a 15-1 lead.
Spartan first baseman Scott Niheu came into Saturday's game hitting 1.000, 2-2. After being hit in his first at-bat, he doubled left-center in each of his next two at bats, collecting two RBI with the second double as he plated Anthony Contreras and Josh Lansford, keeping his perfect average intact. He struck out to snap that in the fifth, and was hit by the pitch for the second and third time in the eighth inning, in which the Spartans went around the order.
Santa Clara got their first hit after Matt Durkin had retired seven straight hitters to start the game. They spoiled the shutout in the seventh inning, as Will Thompson singled, then stole second to get himself in scoring position. The steal was executed at the right time, as Dustin Realini, singled, scoring the first and only run the Broncos would get.
Kellan McConnell threw three and two-thirds innings, allowing five hits and eight runs. Reliever Andrew Slorp followed and gave up six hits and four runs, before giving way to Patrick McBride and Bryan Fleming, who were both perfect in an inning and two-thirds and an inning, respectively. Scott Shapiro finished the game, with a third of an inning, giving up two hits and four runs. Will Thompson had two of the Broncos six hits, and their only run scored.
Pinch hitter Justin Santich-Hughes had his first collegiate hit, a double, in his second at-bat of the season. The Spartans scored a season high 17 runs, less than 24 hours after giving up a season-high 17 hits.
These two teams will meet for the rubber game in the final game of the Rivalry Series Sunday afternoon, a 1:00 p.m. first pitch from Buck Shaw Stadium, on the campus of Santa Clara University.