April 24, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team stranded seven runners in a 9-5 loss to Saint Mary's College Saturday in the second game of a three-game West Coast Conference series at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Santa Clara fell to 18-23 on the season and 7-10 in the WCC with the loss, while Saint Mary's improved to 12-29 overall and 6-11 in league play. The Broncos won the first game of the series by a score of 6-5 on Friday night. The two teams will play the deciding game of the series Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Sunday's game is Little Leaguers Day with all youth wearing their team jersey receiving a $2 admission into the game. Following the game, the team will conduct a free clinic for members of Bronco Kidz. To join Bronco Kidz, click here.
Bronco starter Chad Fillinger took the loss for Santa Clara and fell to 4-7 on the season, while Gaels starter Allan Lobban (2-6) earned his second win of the season. Fillinger scattered 10 hits, while allowing six runs and striking out five in six-and-one-third innings.
Offensively, Santa Clara was led by junior transfer Nic Crosta's 3-for-4 performance at the plate, which included two solo home runs. The Seattle, Wash. native now has six home runs on the season. Ryan Chiarelli went 3-for-5 in the game and is a stellar 6-for-9 in the two games against Saint Mary's.
For the third consecutive outing, the Broncos put a run on the scoreboard first when freshman Robert Perry doubled to center field to open the game. The game then underwent a 25-minute delay due to an injury that occured when a Chiarelli foul ball struck Saint Mary's coach Jedd Soto while he was sitting in the dugout. He was taken to a local hospital as a precautionary measure.
Chiarelli then doubled down the left field line to score Perry for a quick 1-0 Bronco lead.
The Gaels tied the game with a single run in the top of the fourth when right fielder Preston Young singled down the right field line to score Delaney Gallagher, who ledoff of the inning with a single through the left side of the field.
After Santa Clara regained the lead with a Crosta solo homer in the bottom half of the inning, the Gales put four runs on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth inning. Catcher Stefan Foushee singled to leadoff the inning, then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by second baseman Michael Harris. He scored when designated hitter Adam Thompson doubled down the right field line. With two runners on base, left fielder Sam Carter homered over the left centerfield fence to give the Gaels a 5-2 lead.
Santa Clra answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull the score to 5-4, but that was as close as the game would get as the Gaels put three more runs on the board in the top of the seventh on a three-run homer by Young.
With the Broncos down 9-4, Crosta's second homer to leadoff the eighth inning was a towering shot that cleared the flagpole outside the left field fence.