March 8, 2008
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team lost a hard-fought 9-5 battle to No. 20 Oklahoma State Saturday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium on the campus of San Diego State. The Broncos are now 9-2 on the season.
Geoff Klein went 3-for-4 at bat driving in two runs and scoring one of his own. Ryan Conan was 3-for-5 at the plate with one RBI and one run. Righty Justin Kuehn, who came in for five innings to finish out the ballgame, had a spectacular day on the mound striking out a personal best seven batters and allowing only four hits.
The Cowboys jumped to a 9-1 lead after only four innings of play. Oklahoma State scored three runs in their first at bat, as Jordy Mercer homered to left field. His hit brought home Michael Dabbs as well. Hague then doubled down the left field line to get on base and was sent home on a Donnie Webb single through the right side. The Cowboys led 3-0.
The Broncos put their first run on the board in the top of the second inning. Patrick Glenn doubled to left centerfield allowing Klein to score. Klein got on base after a leadoff double. The two team's saw a scoreless inning and a half before Oklahoma State produced a five-run fourth inning.
The first run was scored by Luis Flores, who advanced on a single through the left side by Dylan Brown. With Brown and Dean Green both on base, Dabbs singled through the right side, bringing both runners home. Mercer then grounded out to third base but Tyrone Hambly was able to score on the play. The Cowboys ended the inning with a run by Dabbs on a single up the middle from Webb.
The Broncos rallied in the fifth inning to close the gap. With two outs on the board and Evan LeBlanc on second, an RBI single by Conan gave LeBlanc the opportunity to score. Klein then launched a two run double to right center and brought home Gabe Alcantar and Conan to make the score 9-4. With Klein on second, Jon Karcich sent one towards the leftfield wall to make it a three-run ballgame, but came up slightly short for the third out of the half.
The sixth through eighth innings were quiet for both teams as Kuehn did a tremendous job shutting out the Cowboys for the remainder of the game. In the top of the ninth inning, the Broncos fought hard to tie the score, but were only able to add on one run. Long scored for Santa Clara, advancing on a throwing error from right field, where Medica flied out to.
The Broncos finish action in the 2008 Aztec Invite against the two-time defending National Champion Beavers of Oregon State. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Tony Gwynn Stadium.