May 1, 2009
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team faced its first shutout loss of the season against San Diego State in non-conference action Friday night. The final score was 5-0 in front of a stadium record attendance of 1,496.
The Aztecs (29-17) out-hit the Broncos (15-26) 12-4, while each team committed one error.
The win was awarded to Stephen Strasburg (10-0). He tossed eight innings and allowed just three hits. The loss went to Nate Garcia (6-4). He went seven innings and gave up all five of the Aztecs runs. Strasburg has 12 strikeouts on the night, while Garcia registered nine. Both relievers, Andrew Leary and Cory Hall, gave up no runs and struck out two.
San Diego State got on the board with two runs in the third inning and then climbed to its final score with three runs in the fifth inning. Brandon Decker, Brandon Meredith, Erik Castro, Cory Vaugh and Mitch Blackburn each registered a run for the Aztecs.
The Broncos had their best opportunity to get a run on the scoreboard in the second inning. After Brady Fuerst struck out, Andrew Biancardi was dealt a walk. However, he was put out at second as Curtis Wagner reached on a fielder's choice. Wagner was held up at third as Van Dusen doubled down the left field line. The bases loaded as Juan Parra earned Strasburg's second and last walk of the game. However, Matt Long struck out to bring the inning to a close before any runners could be plated.
Santa Clara continues play against San Diego State with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, May 2. Saturday is Senior Day and prior to first pitch, the Broncos will honor their eight graduating seniors, David Abraham, Thomas Dore, Jr., Fuerst, James Heintz, Long, Madden, Parra and Van Dusen.