April 12, 2002
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team dropped the first game of a three-game set to the University of San Diego by a score of 13-5 Friday afternoon at Cunningham Baseball Stadium in San Diego, Calif.
The Broncos (15-20, 6-6 WCC) fell behind quickly as the Toreros (28-11, 10-6 WCC) scored four times on five hits in the top of the first inning off starter Chad Fillinger. Santa Clara got one back in the top of the third inning when Ryan Chiarelli stole third base and scored when S.C. Assael threw the ball into right field on the attempt.
USD came right back in the bottom of the third inning when Jason Marian picked up his second consecutive RBI single of the game, moving the Toreros lead back up to four at 5-1.
Santa Clara scored again in the top of the sixth inning when Jack Headley flied out to right field, scoring Joey Gomes from third base on the sacrafice. The Toreros, however, answered right back in the bottom half of the sixth with six more runs on five hits, including a two-run single from Mike Oseguera.
After reaching base on an error, Dan Vincenzi scored the Broncos third run of the game in the top of the seventh inning when David Mandley reached on another USD error. All in all the Toreros committed four errors on which the Broncos only capitalized for one run.
Fillinger took the loss for Santa Clara after giving up nine runs on eight hits in five plus innings of work. John Redmond threw one inning of relief in the sixth inning, giving up two runs of his own on three San Diego hits. Jared Anderson threw the final two innings for the Broncos, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out two.
Ricky Barrett improved to 6-1 on the season for USD after throwing a full seven innings in which he allowed only one earned run on five Bronco hits. David Dunn and Matt Coy combined to throw the final two innings in relief, with Dunn giving up two runs on three hits while Coy allowed nothing across despite walking two.
A.J. LaBarbera picked up two hits for Santa Clara while Mark Folgner and Scott Dierks each went 1-for-1 in pinch-hitting opportunities. Freshman Ryan Chiarelli went 1-for-3 on the day with a run scored and one run batted in from the leadoff spot.
Joe Lima and Jason Marian provided much of the offensive pop for San Diego on the day, combining to go 7-for-9 on the afternoon with four runs scored and five driven in. Mike Oseguera and David Bagley each drove in two runs from the three and four holes in the order, respectively.
The two squads will resume the series Saturday afternoon with the first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. The third and final game of the set will take place Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.