March 20, 2004

Baseball Drops WCC Opener

March 20, 2004

Box Score

MALIBU, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team dropped its West Coast Conference opener, falling to Pepperdine by a 7-0 score Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The loss moved the Broncos' record to 11-12 overall and 0-1 in league play while the Waves improved to 7-12 overall and 1-0 in conference action.

Pepperdine got things started off quickly in the first inning as Luke Salas doubled down the left field line on a hit-and-run play, scoring David Uribes all the way around from first base for a 1-0 lead.

Justin Sandberg, son of former major leaguer Ryne Sandberg, gave the Waves a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning with his first collegiate home run, turning on an inside fastball that hit the foul pole down the left field line. Uribes followed two batters later with a single to center field and scored on a Patrick Rooney single to right field to give Pepperdine a three run advantage heading into the top of the third inning.

After Steve Kleen was hit by a pitch to lead off the Pepperdine half of the third inning and came around on the next batter as Chad Tracy doubled to left center field giving the Waves a 4-0 lead.

They made it a 5-0 game in the bottom of the seventh inning as Rooney picked up his second RBI of the day with a double to right center, scoring Uribes who reached earlier in the inning with a single up the middle.

The Waves sealed the win in the eighth inning, adding two runs as Nick Kliebert doubled home both Sandberg and Taylor Klosowkski to make the score 7-0 heading into the ninth.

Pepperdine starter Jacob Barrack had an impressive outing, setting a new career-high for strikeouts with 13 in his eight full innings on the mound. Twice the senior right hander was able to get out of bases loaded situations, once in the first and again in the seventh. He improved to 3-2 on the year with the win. Paul Coleman came on in the ninth inning for the Waves and faced only three batters in the ninth to close out the game.

Chad Fillinger fell to 3-4 on the year as he allowed seven runs on 11 hits in 7 1/3 innings on the mound for the Broncos. Scott Lonergan came on in relief in the eighth and recorded the final two outs of the inning.

Will Thompson led the SCU offense with two hits on Saturday while Robert Perry, Shawn Epidendio, Nic Crosta, Michael Thompson, Jason Matteucci and David Mandley each chipped in with one hit apiece.

Despite the eight hits for the Broncos on the day, it was 12 stranded baserunners that befuddled SCU in the league opener, marking only the second time in 2004 that the Broncos have been shutout.

Santa Clara and Pepperdine will play game two of the three-game series Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Monday's series finale is slated to begin at 2 p.m.