April 18, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Broncos could not overcome a 22-minute rain delay and an eight-run sixth inning by Loyola Marymount as the Santa Clara University baseball team dropped a 12-7 decision to the Lions Sunday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium.
The win gave Loyola Marymount a 2-1 advantage in the three-game weekend series and dropped the Broncos record to 17-22 overall and 6-9 in West Coast Conference games. The Lions improved to 22-17-1 on the season and 13-5 in league games.
Lion reliever Kevin Jenson earned the win to move to 1-1 on the season, while Santa Clara's Thomas Van Buskirk received the loss to drop to 4-2. Overall, Santa Clara used six pitchers in the game after freshman starter Jared Hughes left the game in the third inning without giving up a hit.
The Broncos return to action next week with a three-game home series against Saint Mary's College. The first game is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday with 1 p.m. starts on Saturday and Sunday. Loyola Marymount plays a single game against USC before hosting a three-game series against San Francisco beginning Friday afternoon at Page Stadium.
Will Thompson led the Broncos offensively, going 4-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and a run scored. Left fielder Ryan Chiarelli went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, while designated hitter Nathan Falkner and shortstop Michael Lange registered two RBI each. Nic Crosta and Michael Thompson accounted for the other two Bronco runs in the game.
Santa Clara jumped out to a 7-1 lead, gathering two runs in the bottom of the first inning, one in the third and four in the bottom of the fifth. The fifth inning included a 22-minute rain delay, during which the Bronco team gathered and unfurled the tarp to maintain a playable infield during the rain. After the rain ceased, the Bronco players removed the tarp and concluded the inning.
Following the delay, the Lions appeared to gather new life. LMU racked-up eight runs in the top of the sixth, keyed by a three-run double to right centerfield by pinch hitter Anthony Santana. Three Bronco pitchers appeared in the inning, opened by reliever John Redmond. Van Buskirk entered the game with two runners on base and no outs. After seven Lions scored, Van Buskirk gave way to Scott Lonergan, who forced the next two batters to fly out.