March 9, 2002
HILO, Hawaii - The Santa Clara University baseball team dropped its fifth straight game Friday evening as the University of Hawaii-Hilo defeated the Broncos by a score of 6-5 at Wong Stadium.
Santa Clara tried a much different lineup in the first game of the four-game set with Jack Headley moving to center field, A.J. LaBarbera moving to second base, Pat Peavey to shortstop and inserting Scott Dierks into the lineup at third base for his first start of the season.
The lineup change seemed to work well as the Broncos were able to score five times on 11 hits, just three days following a season-low output of three hits against San Jose State.
Joey Gomes led the Bronco offense, going 3-for-5 on the day with two doubles, one run scored and one RBI. Ryan Chiarelli went 2-for-5 from the two spot in the order while LaBarbera added two hits of his own in four at-bats from the leadoff spot.
After jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the third inning, and later extending that lead to 4-1 after the top of the fourth, the Vulcans rallied to tie the score at four in the bottom of the fifth inning as they scored twice on three hits.
John Redmond went 6 1/3 innings in the game, giving up all six runs on 11 hits to fall to 3-2 on the season. Jared Anderson threw the final 1 2/3 innings, giving up only one hit while striking one out.
Clay Daugherty recorded the win for Hawaii-Hilo, throwing one inning in relief in which he allowed only on hit. Daniel Lockett picked up his first save of the season as he threw the ninth inning, allowing only one hit to close out the game for the Vulcans.
Darren Chu, Johnny Dudoit and Kaliko Oligo provided the offensive pop for UHH, going a combined 7-for-15 from the top three spots in the lineup, with three runs scored and three more driven in.
The two teams will continue their series Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. Pacific Time, at Wong Stadium.