April 2, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Senior Chad Fillinger allowed just four hits in eight innings and sophomore David Hoffmire went 4-for-4 at the plate to lead the Santa Clara University baseball team to a 4-1 West Coast Conference win in the series opener between the two teams Friday at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Santa Clara won its third-straight game to improve to 15-15 on the season and 4-3 in the WCC. Portland lost its 12-straight to drop to 3-23 overall and 0-7 in league play. The two teams will meet twice more during the weekend with 1 p.m. starts on Saturday and Sunday.
Fillinger (4-5) equaled his career-high with nine strikeouts and only walked one batter in a dominating performance on the mound for Santa Clara. The Petaluma, Calif. native pitched seven-and-two-thirds shutout innings before the Pilots got on the board on a throwing error in the eighth.
Junior reliever Anthony Rea earned his eighth save of the season, coming into the game in the top of the ninth and facing just four batters to end the game. He moved into sole possession of third-place on the school list for career saves with 15.
Portland's Matthew Peters (1-5) battled through a solid outing, limiting the Broncos to just four runs despite giving-up 13 hits in the game. He struckout five Santa Clara batters and walked just three.
Santa Clara opened the scoring early when Robert Perry opened the bottom half of the first inning with a single then scored two batters later when Michael Thompson doubled to left field. Thompson, a sophomore from Mission Viejo, Calif, went 3-for-4 in the game and knocked-in two runs and scored another. Perry was the only other Bronco with multiple hits, going 2-for-5 at the plate.
The Broncos added two runs in the bottom of the fifth when Michael Thompson registered his third double of the game, scoring Ryan Chiarelli from first base. Will Thompson then singled up the middle to score Michael Thompson (no relation) to give Santa Clara a 3-1 lead.
The Pilots answered with a single run in the top of the eighth inning. After catcher Joe Watson reached first base with a single down the leftfield line, he advanced to second when Colton Homme grounded out to Hoffmire. Watson reached third when Billy Krause hit a sharp grounder to Will Thompson at first base for the second out of the inning. Jesse Rogers slapped a single to shortstop Eric Newton, then advanced to second on a throwing error while Watson scored on the play.
Santa Clara ended the scoring with a single run in the bottom of the eighth. Jason Matteucci opened the inning with a triple off the right field fence. Two batters later, Hoffmore singled to rightfield, scoring Matteucci and earning his first RBI of the season.
Defensively for Santa Clara, sophomore catcher Matt McColgan helped keep the Pilots off the scoreboard. The La Canada, Calif. native threw-out two Portland baserunners attempting to steal second base.