Baseball Drops One-Run Series Finale to Portland
April 4, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team saw its four-game win streak come to an end Sunday as it dropped a 5-4 decision to the University of Portland in the last of a three-game series at Buck Shaw Stadium.
The Broncos dropped to 16-16 overall and 5-4 in the WCC, while Portland improved to 4-24 on the season and earned its first league win in eight tries this season. The win also snapped a 13-game losing streak for the Pilots, dating back to March 11 when they defeated Chicago State 11-2 in a tournament at Fresno State.
Santa Clara is back in action Thursday in the first of a three-game series at the Unviersity of San Diego. The two teams play a single game on Thursday at 3 p.m. then take off Friday for a religious holiday. On Saturday, the teams will return to Cunningham Baseball Stadium on the USD campus for a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m.
Sophomore reliever Jared Adams earned his first win of the season for Portland, moving to 1-4 overall. He pitched two-and-two-thirds innings and allowed just two hits and no runs as he faced nine Bronco batters. He also forced the Broncos' final three batters in the bottom of the ninth inning to fly out to end the game.
Despite a solid outing, Andrew Slorp was charged with the loss for Santa Clara. The sophomore from Morgan Hill, Calif. dropped to 0-3 on the season. Slorp allowed one run and just one hit while striking out four Portland batters in two-and-two-thirds innings on the mound for the Broncos.
Third baseman David Hoffmire contined his solid performance at the plate for the weekend, going 3-for-4 with one RBI. In the three games against Portland, the Novato, Calif. native batted .667 with four RBI, three runs and a stolen base.
Portland was led offensively by leftfielder Jeffrey Crinklaw, who went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Nik Kosach, Travis Vetters and Jesse Rodgers all recorded two hits each for the Pilots.
Starting second baseman Mike McCrae ledoff the game for the Pilots with a walk then advanced to third on a Kosach single to right field. After Vetters flied out to right field, McCrae scored when Crinklaw recorded a sacrifice fly to center field.
The Broncos put a run on the board in the bottom of the second inning, tying the game when Hoffmire singled to right field to score Will Thompson from third base. Thompson had opened the inning with a single uip the middle then advanced to second on a Nic Crosta single to left field. Shawn Epidendio bunted to give the Broncos bases loaded with no outs but SCU only managed the one run in the inning.
Portland scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and six innings and led 4-2 going into the bottom of the seventh. That inning, Santa Clara put two runs on the scoreboard to tie the game at four runs apiece.
In the two-run seventh for the Broncos, Perry ledoff with a solo home run that flew just inside the right field foul pole to get things started. The next batter, Chiarelli, doubled to left center and advanced to third base two batters later when Will Thompson singled to left field.
After Portland brought in Adams for starter Kyle Corra, Crosta sent a sacrifice fly to right field to score Chiarelli.
The Pilots scored the eventual game-winner in the top of the ninth inning. Vetters singled to the shortstop to reach first base before Thomas Van Buskirk entered the game in relief of Slorp for Santa Clara. Crinklaw singled to center field then Vetters scored when Joe Watson flied out to center field.
Santa Clara tried to mount a comeback in the bottom of the ninth when Perry hit a single to right field that bounced over first baseman Adam Kerr's head. He advanced to second base on a balk by Adams, giving the Broncos a baserunner on second with no outs. However, Chiarelli, Michael Thompson and Will Thompson all flied out to end the game.