April 2, 2008
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball pushed its win streak to four games with an 11-3 victory over the University of the Pacific Wednesday night at Schott Stadium. The Broncos are now 16-9 on the season and 2-0 in the four single game series against the Tigers.
After two quick up and down innings, the Broncos exploded for eight runs in the third inning. Evan LeBlanc brought in the first run with his fly out to right field allowing David Abraham, who had a leadoff walk, to score. Tommy Medica was then hit by a pitch to load the bases for Ryan Conan. The senior infielder was dealt a walk, which allowed Brady Fuerst to score the second run. Fuerst was put on base with a single to third. The bases remained loaded for Alcantar, who tabbed his first grand slam of the season with his homer to left field. The Broncos led 6-0.
The final two runs of the inning were scored on a Karcich two-run homer to left field. Santa Clara gained an 8-0 advantage.
The Tigers responded with a three-run top of the fourth inning, as Joe Oliveira, Mike McKeever and Mike Walker scored. Pacific would be held scoreless for the remainder of the contest.
The Broncos then added on two more runs in their half of the inning. Matt Long, who got on base with a double down the left field line, scored on a Medica fly out to right field to make the score, 9-3. Conan then advanced home on a Geoff Klein single through the left side.
Santa Clara registered its final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. With Conan, Alcantar and Klein on base, Karcich was hit by a pitch, the fifth of the game, to bring home Conan. The Broncos almost made it a nine run victory as Alcantar was put out at home later that inning.
SCU's pitching staff combined for 13 strikeouts compared to Pacific's four. Sophomore Steve Kalush, the first of four relief pitchers, earned the win for Santa Clara. He tossed two no-hit innings and struck out four Tigers.
Santa Clara out-hit Pacific 14 to 5.
The Broncos return to action over the weekend as they host the Pilots of Portland in their WCC home opener. The three game series begins on Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at Schott Stadium. Saturday and Sunday's contests will begin at 6 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectfully.