April 8, 2004
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego scored a tying run in the bottom of the ninth then bunted home the game-winner in the 10th inning to defeat the Santa Clara University baseball team 7-6 in a West Coast Conference series opener between the two teams at Cunningham Stadium.
Santa Clara dropped to 16-17 overall with the loss and 5-5 in WCC games. San Diego improved to 18-17 overall and 5-8 in league play. The two teams will take Friday off then play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. For live coverage of the games, click here.
Santa Clara closer Anthony Rea took the loss for the Broncos and fell to 2-1 on the season. Nate Borman (1-1) earned the win for San Diego.
The Broncos opened the scoring with a three-run first inning to start the game. Robert Perry and Ryan Chiarelli continued their hot-hitting, both singling to center field open the game. After Michael and Will both flied out, Nic Crosta scored Perry on a single to left field to put SCU's first run on the scoreboard.
Chiarelli and Crosta both scored when Jason Matteucci doubled down the right field line to give Santa Clara a 3-0 lead.
USD scored a single run in each of the first two innings of the game, both on home runs. In the first inning, third baseman Freddie Sandoval sent a Chad Fillinger pitch over the right field fence for the Toreros' first score of the game. In the second inning, leadoff hitter Randy Curtis did the same to bring the score to 3-2 in favor of SCU.
USD's Tom Caple ledoff the third inning with a single to left field then Keoni Ruth doubled to put two Toreros in scoring position. Sandoval walked to load the bases for USD then Jordan Abruzzo grounded out to second base to score Caple. Ruth scored when Josh Hansen hit a sacrifice fly to right field and Curtis' double to center field scored Sandoval to end the scoring for San Diego.
Santa Clara regained the lead in the seventh inning. Again, Perry and Chiarelli hit back-to-back singles then Michael Thompson drove Perry home with a single to left field. Thompson and Chiarelli advanced to second and third on a Will Thompson grounder to the first baseman.
At that point, San Diego replaced starter Aaron Wilson with Nate Boman and his wild pitch scored Chiarelli. After Crosta was intentionally walked to load the bases. Matteucci's single to left field scored Michael Thompson to give Santa Clara a 6-5 lead.
San Diego scored a single run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Ruth ledoff the inning with a double off Rea and advanced to third when Sandoval grounded out to first base. Hansen singled to left field, scoring Ruth to tie the game.
In the bottom of the 10th, Rea struckout leadoff batter Singleton but the batter reached first on an error by catcher Matt McColgan. He then advanced to second on a wild pitch and third on a passed ball.
Rea then walked pinch hitters Gavin Ng and Shane Buschini to load the bases. Caple fouled out to McColgan for the second out of the inning, but Ruth laid down a bunt to the right side that scored Singleton for the game winner.