March 12, 2005
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team attempted a late rally for the second straight day, but it would not be enough as the Broncos dropped a 7-5 contest to Brown on Saturday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium. With the loss, SCU falls to 12-8 on the season. The Bears pick up their first win on the year, improving to 1-5 in 2005.
The Bears once again took an early lead with three runs in the top of the second inning. After Paul Christian drove in the first run with a single up the middle, two more runs would cross home plate when an errand throw from David Hoffmire allowed both runners to advance on a fielder's choice.
After the Bears added another run in the top of the fourth inning on a solo home run by Danny Hughes, the Broncos would break onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the frame. Dustin Realini singled to lead-off the inning and went to second on a throwing error. He would then move to third on a ground-out and later score on a sacrifice fly by Nic Crosta. At the end of four innings, SCU trailed 4-1.
The Broncos cut the Brown lead to one run in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs and Hoffmire on first after being walked, Robert Perry hit his third home run of the season, over the left center field wall. After the home run, Brown led 4-3.
However, Brown would answer back with two runs of its own in the top of the eighth. Matt Kutler returned the favor with a two-run round tripper to right field. Heading into the bottom of the eighth, SCU trailed 6-3.
The Broncos tacked on one run in the bottom of the frame when Crosta hit a home run to left center field. It was the outfielder's second of the season and cut the Brown lead to 6-4.
In the ninth, Brown added a run when James Lowe singled in Bryan Tews. The Broncos would also add a run to its total when Ryan Chiarelli crossed home plate on a ground-out with a runner on second and two outs. However, a strikeout would end the rally and the game for SCU.
Crosta and Perry led SCU with two hits and two RBI in the contest. Jason Matteucci, Chiarelli and Realini also recorded hits for the Broncos.
Starter Patrick Overholt suffered the loss to fall to 0-2 on the season. He allowed four runs, three earned, on four hits in four innings. Chris Stansbury allowed only one hit in 3.2 innings of relief work.
The Broncos and Bears will conclude their three-game set on Sunday with a 1 p.m. game at Buck Shaw Stadium. Right-hander Mike Stutes will get the start on the mound for Santa Clara.