May 4, 2002
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to rally from one run down and beat Pepperdine University by a score of 6-4 Saturday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium.
After the Waves (23-26, 11-10 WCC) scored once in the top of the first inning, Santa Clara (22-26, 12-11 WCC) came right back in the bottom of the first inning to score two runs on two Pepperdine errors. The Broncos got and RBI singles from Joey Gomes and Pat Peavey to give them their first lead of the game.
Pepperdine tallied one more in the top of the second inning when Cory Brightwell scored Chris Kelly on a ground out to shortstop. The score remained knotted at two until the bottom of the fifth inning when Joe Diefenderfer picked up his third bases loaded walk of the series, scoring Gomes and giving the Broncos a 3-2 lead.
Diefenderfer's walk came just one batter after Pepperdine starter Greg Ramirez was ejected from the ball game after hitting Santa Clara catcher, Jim Wallace, with a pitch. The home plate umpire warned Ramirez after throwing two balls behind the back of Gomes. As a result of his player getting thrown out after a warning, Pepperdine head coach Frank Sanchez was also ejected.
The Waves answered right back again in the top of the sixth inning when a Bret Haapanen single scored Kelly and Patrick Rooney, giving Pepperdine a 4-3 lead and forcing Bronco starter John Redmond from the game. Grant Feichtmeir entered the game with one out in the sixth and pitched through the eighth inning.
Santa Clara went quietly in the sixth and seventh innings, while Feichtmeir shut down the Waves in the seventh and eighth as well. The Broncos, like last night, took the lead back in the bottom of the eighth inning, scoring three times on two hits, the biggest coming from Peavey whose single to left field scored A.J. LaBarbera and pinch runner Ryan Pierpont.
Chad Fillinger came on in the ninth to close out the game for the Broncos, and did so by getting two fly outs and one strikeout. Fillinger picked up his second save of the year and gave Grant Feichtmeir his first win of the season, pushing his record to 1-4 after he allowed only one hit in 2 2/3 innings of relief.
The Broncos and Waves will conclude their three-game series Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium. Santa Clara will look for its first series sweep of Pepperdine since the 1997 season when the Broncos took four straight from the Waves at "The Shaw."