March 6, 2008
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team pushed its win streak to three games as it defeated No. 11 San Diego, 7-6, in non-conference action Thursday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium. Since the facility does not have lights to permit night games, the contest was called at the end of the eighth inning and was ruled as a complete game.
With the win, the Broncos improved to 8-1 on the season while the Toreros dropped to 5-6 overall. Shortstop Jon Karcich batted 3-for-4 with two RBIs, while designated hitter Geoff Klein went 2-for-3 at bat, with two runs and one RBI.
The Toreros opened the game with a run from Sean Nicol, but the Broncos responded with a solo home run to left field from Klein in the top of the second to tie the game, 1-1. Santa Clara then compiled an impressive top of the third inning as five runs were scored to give SCU a 6-1 lead.
Junior Evan LeBlanc singled through the right side and was sent home as Tommy Medica homered to left centerfield. Gabe Alcantar then doubled to right field allowing Ryan Conan, who singled earlier, to advance to third. A single to right field Karcich brought in two runs for Santa Clara as Alcantar and Conan scored. Klein followed suit for Santa Clara's sixth run.
USD tacked on a run in the third inning as Kevin Muno scored for the Toreros after singling to leftfield and stealing second. San Diego then made it an even ballgame in the fifth inning. Scoring first for the Toreros was Nicol. He was followed by Muno in the same play, a Josh Romanski double to right field. Victor Sanchez then homered down the leftfield line to bring Romanski home and knot the score 6-6.
Both teams' defensive efforts held off any scoring attempts until the bottom of the seventh inning. Patrick Glenn scored on a throwing error by the Toreros to give the Broncos a 7-6 lead with two outs on the board.
It was a long eighth inning as seven batters made it to the plate. All that was needed was one run to take the lead. The Broncos received that insurance as Patrick Glenn scored late in the inning. Glenn, who was hit by a pitch made his way around the diamond as Matt Long walked and LeBlanc reached on a fielder's choice, which brought Glenn home.
Freshman Thain Simon earned his second win of the season after pitching 2.2 innings in relief of starting pitcher Alex Rivers. Simon was replaced by senior Jeff Lombard who made it a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth for the Broncos, earning his first save of the season.
Santa Clara returns to action on Friday, March 7 against tournament host San Diego State. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Tony Gwynn Stadium.