Baseball Falls to San Diego, 8-5 in Series Finale
April 10, 2005
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - In its final day game at Buck Shaw Stadium, the Santa Clara baseball team dropped an 8-5 West Coast Conference decision to San Diego on Sunday afternoon. The Broncos are now 14-19 on the season with a 1-10 mark in conference action. The Toreros improve to 22-17-1 overall and 8-7 in WCC play.
San Diego jumped out to an early 5-0 lead over the Broncos, scoring two runs in the third inning and three in the fourth frame. Jordan Abruzzo and Randy Curtis drove in the USD runs in the third inning before Justin Snyder singled in one in the fourth. Keoni Ruth would drive in two more in the frame to give San Diego the five run advantage.
Eric Newton continued to make his presence felt in the Bronco lineup as he provided the first SCU run of the contest in the bottom of the fifth inning. For the second straight day, Newton parked a Torero pitch over the left field wall for his second round tripper of the season.
The Toreros added three runs in the top of the sixth to take a solid 8-1 lead. Three singles and a walk started the USD half of the inning and brought one run home. Steve Singleton drove in the next two with a bases loaded single later in the frame.
The Broncos did not go away, however, scoring four runs over the final four innings. In the bottom of the sixth, a lead-off double by Jason Matteucci would equal the second Bronco run. He would later cross home plate on a single by Kris Watts.
In the seventh inning, SCU put two more runs on the scoreboard to cut the USD lead in half. Newton's second solo home run of the day led off the inning. Pinch hitter Shawn Epidendio followed with a single and moved to second base on a ground out. He would then score on a single from the bat of Kevin Drever.
The Broncos attempted a ninth-inning rally as they loaded the bases in the bottom of the frame. Drever had already scored the fifth SCU run after being driven in by Watts. Three consecutive singles by Matteucci, Watts and Michael Thompson loaded the bases, but two consecutive strikeouts would close the contest.
Newton and Watts led the Broncos with two RBI on the day. Watts went 3-for-5 at the plate, while Matteucci, Newton and Thompson each recorded two hits.
Starter Kellan McConnell suffered the loss to fall to 2-5 on the season. He allowed eight runs on nine hits in five innings. Adam Sanabria and Thomas Van Buskirk combined to shut down the Toreros late in the game as the pair did not allow a run in the final four innings.
Santa Clara will play San Francisco State on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium before starting a six-game road swing over the next two weeks. Admission to the game is free.