Newton Blasts Dramatic Game-Winning Home Run
May 9, 2005
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Junior second baseman Eric Newton blasted a walk-off two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Santa Clara University baseball team to a 2-1 victory over San Francisco at Schott Stadium Monday night.
The victory, evens Santa Clara's season record to 24-24 and gives the Broncos an 8-15 mark in the WCC's West Division. San Francisco fell to 34-15 on the season and continues to lead the same division by one-half game over Pepperdine. USF hosts Portland next weekend, while Santa Clara travels to play the Waves.
The Broncos return to action tomorrow night against South Bay rival Stanford in a 6 p.m. first pitch at Schott Stadium. Advance tickets are on sale by calling 408/554-4660. A limited number of reserved tickets are available, while both reserved and general admission will be available at the gate.
In a three-game series in which four pitchers between the two teams registered complete games, both starters in tonight's game went the distance. SCU's Kellen McConnell (4-6) allowed nine hits and struck out six to earn the win. USF's Scott Cousins (8-3) also pitched a complete game and set a career-high with 10 strikeouts. Newton's homer was one of only five hits he allowed in the game.
Each team stranded six runners on base in the game as neither team was able to score a run through the first six innings of play. In the top of the seventh, USF put its only run of the game on the board as freshman Luke Sommer doubled to left field to open the inning. He advanced to third on McConnell's first balk of the season then scored when teammate Royce Fukuroku singled to left centerfield.
In the bottom of the ninth, SCU third baseman Michael Thompson ledoff the inning by flying out to centerfield. Designated hitter Dustin Realini reached on Cousins' fourth walk of the game before Ryan Conan, pinch hitting for catcher Kris Watts, popped up to first base.
With two outs and pinch runner David Hoffmire on first base, Newton crushed his game-winner over the left centerfield fence for his sixth home run of the season.