Santa Clara Wins Third-Straight, Behind Rivers' Shutout

Santa Clara Wins Third-Straight, Behind Rivers' Shutout

March 6, 2010

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - Alex Rivers threw a complete game shutout for Santa Clara, allowing the Broncos a 4-0 victory over local rival San Jose State Saturday afternoon at Municipal Stadium. Rivers scattered seven hits and fanned five to give SCU its second win in as many days against the Spartans.

Santa Clara (4-4) evens its 2010 record and wins its first series of the year. Dating back to last Sunday's 8-7 win at Houston, the Broncos have now won three-straight.

Rivers got himself out of two early jams, stranding two runners in the second and leaving the bases loaded in the third before allowing just three hits over the final six innings. The senior from Lodi, improved to 1-1 in three starts and lowered his season ERA to 3.43.

Tommy Medica went 2-for-4, hitting his fourth double, stole a base and scored two runs. J.R. Graham plated Medica on an RBI-sacrifice fly to give SCU a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Graham would add an RBI double as part of a two-run eighth which gave Rivers a 3-0 lead to work with heading into the ninth.

San Jose State (4-4) received a quality start from righty Blake McFarland, who worked into the eighth allowing just two runs but would be tagged with the loss.

The three-game series concludes Sunday afternoon at Stephen Schott Stadium. Jon Hughes is schedule to pitch for SCU. Game time is set for 1 p.m.