March 13, 2005
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team scored two six runs in the sixth inning to come-from-behind for the second time this weekend to win the series and record an 8-4 victory over Brown on Sunday. With the win, the Bronco's improve to 13-8 on the season as they head into West Coast Conference play next week. Brown leaves California with a 1-7 mark on the year.
The Broncos found themselves trailing 3-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. The Bears had put three runs on the scoreboard in the fourth inning off home runs from Eric Larson and Paul Christian. However, SCU would find its offense in the bottom of the fifth with two runs of its own.
The fifth inning rally began with back-to-back singles from Jason Matteucci and Michael Lange. A walk to Robert Perry loaded the bases with no outs. Shawn Epidendio was hit by a pitch to bring the first run across home plate. With the bases still loaded and no outs, Dustin Realini drove Lange in with a sacrifice fly to left field. Following a Bronco pop-up, Epidendio and Lange completed a double steal to put two runners in scoring position. Nic Crosta walked to once again load the bases before the inning ended with a ground out. After five innings, SCU trailed 3-2.
In the sixth inning, the Broncos pushed six runs across to take a commanding 8-3 lead. After a walk to Ryan Conan and a double by Matteucci, a wild pitch would advance the runners and tie the score at 3-3. Lange would hit his second single of the day to continue the no-out rally before David Hoffmire came into the pinch run for him. Perry then hit his fourth home run of the season and second of the series to drive in the go-ahead run. Three runs crossed the plate on the round tripper to right field. Realini later drove in Epidendio with a double down the left field line, while Kris Watts capped the inning with an RBI-single.
Brown added a run in the top of the ninth frame, but stranded two runners as Anthony Rea sealed the victory by forcing two fly outs to end the game.
Perry's three-RBI were a game-high, while Realini also drove in two runs. Lange and Matteucci both had two hits on the day.
Starter Mike Stutes earned his fourth win of the season, which leads the Bronco staff. He recorded a season-high 11 strikeouts, while allowing only five hits in seven innings.
The Broncos will open West Coast Conference play next weekend with a three-game series against Pepperdine. The series will begin on Saturday with a doubleheader at Buck Shaw Stadium. The first pitch is set for noon.