March 16, 2008
DAVIS, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team lost its first series of the season as the UC Davis Aggies earned the sweep with a 12-7 win on Sunday at Dobbins Stadium. With the loss, the Broncos dropped to 10-7 on the season, while the Aggies improved to 12-7 overall.
Senior Gabe Alcantar and sophomore Jon Karcich led the Broncos offensively as they drove in a combined five runs. Alcantar went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the fifth inning. Despite going 1-for-5 at bat, Karcich posted three RBIs and had a two-run homer in the second inning.
The Aggies scored first with two runs in the first inning, but the Broncos quickly tied the score in the top of the second on Karcich's two-run homer to left centerfield that also brought home Alcantar. However, UC Davis took a one-run edge to close out the inning as Scott Heylman scored on a Jake Jefferies single and a Broncos fielding error. UC Davis added on four more runs in the next two innings to take a 7-2 lead.
The Broncos had a one-run fifth inning, as did the Aggies, and then posted two more runs in the sixth inning. Alcantar homered to left field to begin Santa Clara attempt to close the gap. In the sixth inning, Patrick Glenn started off the scoring for SCU as he was brought home on a Brady Fuerst double to left center. Fuerst then scored on a Tommy Medica double to left field. The score was 8-5.
However, the Aggies held off the Broncos for two straight innings while adding on four more runs to reach their final total of 12. In their last opportunity to score, the Broncos posted a two-run ninth inning but could not add on anymore. Medica scored on an Alcantar single to right field. He got on base after a leadoff walk and then advanced to third on an Aggies fielding error. Ryan Conan put the final run on the board for SCU on fielder's choice situation.
On the mound, senior Jeff Lombard earned the start and the loss after pitching 2.0 innings and striking out a game-high three batters.
The Broncos return to action with a Saturday doubleheader in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Santa Clara and Cal Poly will battle on the diamond at 1 p.m. on March 22.