March 20, 2005
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - After an hour and a half rain delay for the second consecutive day, the Santa Clara baseball team was able to begin its series finale against the Pepperdine Waves on Sunday. However, due to travel accommodations, the game was suspended heading into the top of the seventh inning. The contest will be resumed at a later date in the season.
Santa Clara was trailing 5-2 when the game was stopped after scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Broncos started off the game on the right foot as Ryan Chiarelli singled to lead-off the game. Shawn Epidendio moved the runner to second with a sacrifice hit, which was followed by the second Bronco out of the frame. Clean-up hitter Michael Thompson was issued a walk to put runners at first and second for Nic Crosta. Crosta doubled down the left field line to drive in both runners and give SCU the early lead.
The Waves returned the favor in the top of the third inning as they scored four runs in the frame. Pepperdine loaded the bases with no outs behind a single, walk and a fielder's choice. The first run came home on a sacrifice fly before Steve Kleen singled through the left side of the infield to tie the score at 2-2. A walk to Donald Brown once again loaded the bases before a Wave strikeout accounted for the second out of the frame. Taylor Klosowoski would drive in two more runs with a single up the middle to give Pepperdine a 4-2 advantage.
In the fifth inning, Pepperdine added another run to its total when Chad Tracy scored on a bases loaded double play.
Heading into the top of the seventh, the teams were even with six hits each. Chiarelli had already posted two hits in the contest, while Crosta had driven in both runs.
Mike Stutes started the game on the mound for Santa Clara. He exited the game after the fifth inning, having allowed five runs on six hits.
Santa Clara will begin a seven-game road trip this week when it heads to San Francisco for a WCC series against the Dons. The three-game set will begin on Thursday, due to the Easter holiday, at 2 p.m. at Benedetti Diamond.