March 22, 2009
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - David Abraham and Geoff Klein had a game-high three RBIs as the Santa Clara baseball team defeated Dartmouth, 16-1, in the final game of the weekend series Sunday afternoon at Stephen Schott Stadium. SCU had six players score at least two runs with Matt Long leading with a game-high three runs.
With the victory, the Broncos improved their win streak to seven straight games and now own a 10-7 overall record. The Big Green faced its eighth straight loss (0-8) and will travel back down the Alameda to battle San Jose State on Tuesday.
Sophomore RHP Thain Simon (2-2) earned his second win of the season. He tossed a season-high seven innings for Santa Clara and struck out seven batters, which ties his season best. The loss went to freshman RHP Max Langford (0-1). He game up 11 runs, nine of which were earned, on eight hits and only struck out two Broncos.
The Broncos exploded for six runs in the first inning. Centerfielder Long got on base with a double to right center field and then the bases were loaded as second baseman Abraham walked and shortstop Jon Karcich was hit by a pitch. Long and Abraham scored on a double from catcher Klein. Karcich was brought home on a sacrifice fly from first baseman Curtis Wagner. With two outs on the board, third baseman Brady Fuerst drove home Klein with a doubled to left field and then scored on a single from right fielder Lucas Herbst. Herbst scored the final run of the inning on a base hit from left fielder Juan Parra. Herbst's run was unearned. Santa Clara led 6-0.
Karcich added another run for SCU in the second inning as he walked to get on base and scored on a double by Klein. The Broncos then tallied four runs in the third inning to claim an 11-0 lead.
In the third, Fuerst got on base with a single and then advanced to third on a single from Herbst. Fuerst then scored and Parra got on base on an error by Dartmouth's shortstop Joe Sclafani. Parra and Herbst advanced to second and third, respectively on a pass ball from Max Langford. The Big Green righty threw a wild pitch that allowed Herbst to score.
Santa Clara had no outs as Long walked and Abraham doubled down the right field line to plate Long and Parra for the final two runs. Klein then grounded into a double play and Wagner was called out at first base to end the inning.
Dartmouth ended the shutout in the fourth inning with back-to-back doubles from Nick Santomauro and Raymond Allen. The designated hitter Allen then scored on a sacrifice fly from James Wren.
That was the only run the Broncos gave up, while they tacked on five more runs for the 16-1 final.
In the fifth inning, Santa Clara registered three runs from Parra, Long and Abraham. Parra opened the inning with a single through the left side and the scored on a Long triple to right centerfield. With the triple, Long takes sole possession of the No. 5 spot on the all-time list with 11 career triples.
The senior from Los Altos was driven home on an Abraham base hit. The Broncos then loaded the bases with Abraham at third, Karcich at second and Klein at first. Abraham came as Wagner grounded into a double play. Klein was out at second as well. With two outs on the board and Karcich at third, the Broncos tried for a fourth run but pinch hitter Patrick Glenn recorded the final out with a fly ball to right field.
Santa Clara was held scoreless until the eighth inning.
Chris Morton, who entered the game as a defensive replacement at first base during the sixth inning, registered his first career home run. It was a leadoff shot to centerfield. In the next at bat, Glenn then tallied his first career homer. His shot went over the right field fence. SCU faced two quick outs before freshman Josh Bninski made his first career plate appearance. He was hit by a pitch from Big Green reliever A.J. Pendleton and was then left on base as Thomas Dore, Jr. flied out in foul territory.
The Broncos out-hit the Big Green, 16-5.
Santa Clara returns to action with a midweek contest against California. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond in Berkeley.