Bronco Baseball Drops Series Opener
April 16, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team gave-up 16 hits but only managed four in an 8-0 West Coast Conference loss Friday in a three-game series opener against Loyola Marymount at Buck Shaw Stadium.
With the loss, Santa Clara dropped to 16-21 on the season and 5-8 in the West Coast Conference. Loyola Marymount improved to 21-16-1 overall and 12-4 in league games. The two teams will meet again on Saturday and Sunday with single games slated to begin at 1 p.m. Live coverage of each game will be provided via the Internet by clicking here.
Senior pitcher Chad Fillinger took the loss for Santa Clara to drop to 4-6 on the season, The Petaluma, Calif. native went six full inning and gave up 12 hits and seven runs while striking out seven and walking just one. Loyola Marymount's Stephen Kahn moved to 5-2 on the season with the win after pitching eight full innings and allowuing just three hits and striking out six.
No Bronco managed a multi-hit game with four different SCU players gathering one hit apiece. The Lions, however, were led by second-baseman Clint McGill's 3-for-5 effort at the plate which included one RBI and one run scored.
Lion third baseman Kyle Mura went 2-for-4 with both hits clearing the left field fence for home runs. He had four RBI in the game and two runs scored for the Lions before exiting late in the game due to a leg injury. Five other LMU players registered two hits in the game.
The Lions got on the board early, scoring three runs in teh top of the first inning. After leadoff hitter Billy Lockin registered a single to centerfield then stole second base, he scored as Joe Frazee doubled to centerfield in the next at-bat. With one out, Mura hit a two-run homer well over the right field fence to give the Lions a quick lead.
LMU then put three more runs on the scoreboard in the top of the third and added single scores in the top of the sixth and seventh innings, respectively.
Santa Clara's best chance to score came in the sixth inning. Freshman Robert Perry reached first and advanced to second on an error by the shortstop, Lockin. He went to third on a grounder to second base by Chiarelli but was unable to reach home as Will Thompson struck out and Michael Thompson grounded out to first.