May 2, 2004
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Santa Clara University baseball team took advantage of a six-run third inning then cruised to an 11-2 West Coast Conference victory over Gonzaga in the finale of a three-game series at Avista Stadium Sunday afternoon.
Santa Clara improved to 20-26 on the season and 9-12 in WCC games, while Gonzaga fell to 20-23 overall and 12-9 in league play. Bronco senior John Redmond (5-2) earned the win in a starting role after giving up just one run in six innings on the mound. Gonzaga starter Patrick Donovan (2-3) took the loss.
Offensively, Michael Thompson went 4-for-5 with four RBI to lead the Broncos at the plate. Four other Broncos registered two-hit games.
Santa Clara returns to action Friday to open a three-game WCC series at San Francisco. The two teams entered today's game tied for second place in the West Division of the league behind Pepperdine.
The Bulldogs got on the board first, scoring a single run in the bottom of the first inning when Jeff Culpepper singled up the middle to score Kiel Thibault from second base.
Santa Clara took the lead for good in the top of the third when it scored six runs, all off Gonzaga's Donovan. Shortstop Michael Lange opened the inning with a single to left field then advanced to second when Ryan Chiarelli hit a check-swing singled in the middle of the infield. The bases loaded with Nic Crosta singled to right center field.
Michael Thompson's single to left center field scored two runners then Will Thompson singled to left field to score Crosta and give Santa Clara a 3-0 lead. Dustin Realini kept the scoring when he doubled to left center field, scoring Will Thompson. The Bulldogs then intentionally walked catcher David Mandley to load the bases. A wild pitch then gave the Broncos a 5-0 lead before Jason Matteucci hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Realini.
The Broncos put two more runs on the board in the seventh inning with back-to-back home runs to open the inning by Michael Thompson and Will Thompson. In the eighth, the Broncos added three more runs to put Santa Clara ahead 11-2.
Gonzaga put a single run on the board in the bottom of the eighth.