May 9, 2004
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning to record a wild 7-3 come-from-behind victory over the University of San Francisco Sunday afternoon in the final game of a three-game West Coast Conference series at Benedetti Diamond.
With the win, Santa Clara improved to 22-27 on the season and 11-13 in the WCC's West Division. San Francisco dropped to 23-29 overall and 10-14 in league play. The Broncos hold a one-game lead over the Dons for second-place in the division, behind division-leading Pepperdine. Santa Clara hosts the Waves in a three-game set beginning Friday night at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Bronco junior closer Anthony Rea (3-1) earned the win after pitching two-and-a-third innings and limiting USF to just two hits. San Francisco reliever Patrick McGuigan (2-3), who's solid seven pitch performance in Saturday's game earned a save, took the loss. Santa Clara senior starter John Redmond went five full innings, allowing eight hits and three runs while striking out four USF batters.
Robert Perry ledoff the ninth inning for Santa Clara with a double down the right field line before pinch hitter Nathan Faulkner grounded out to McGuigan and Ryan Chiarelli lined out to shortstop Armand Gaerlan.
With two outs right fielder Jason Mattucci doubled to left center, scoring Perry and tying the game at three runs apiece. The next batter, third baseman Michael Thompson, doubled down the left field line to score Matteucci for the eventual game winner. After Michael Thompson advanced to third on a wild pitch by reliever Brian Borgmann, Will Thompson singled to left field to push across another Bronco run.
Nic Crosta notched the Broncos' final runs of the game with a two-run homer over the left field wall, nearly identical to yesterday's solo blast. The home run gave the Broncos the final 7-3 margin of victory and the series win.
San Francisco scored first in the game with a Stefan Gattrell solo home run in the bottom of the second inning. The Broncos responded with two runs in the top of the fourth. Michael Thompson reached on a throwing error by Gaerlan the advanced to third on a Will Thompson double to left center field. Michael scored on a Crosta sacrifice fly to right field. Will was caught attempting to advance to home on a hard-hit grounder by Dustin Realini was fielder and fired to the plate by second baseman Royce Fukuroku for the second out of the inning. David Mandley doubled to right center field to score Realini from first base to give SCU a 2-1 lead.
The Dons scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 3-2 lead that held up until Santa Clara's five-run ninth decided the game.