May 8, 2010
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara committed four errors and Chris Dittman hit his first career homerun to fuel USF's 11-5 victory at Stephen Schott Stadium Saturday night. The Dons claim their second straight over the Broncos to win the rivalry series between the two Bay Area West Coast Conference schools.
Stephen Yarrow had three singles while Pete Lavin and Connor Bernatz drove in two runs apiece. Nine of USF's 10 hits prior to Dittman's two-run homer in the ninth had been singles.
San Francisco (24-23; 7-6 WCC) - third in the WCC standings - moves its overall and league records above .500. Lefty starter Matt Lujan (6-4) worked five innings and struck out four to earn his sixth win.
Santa Clara (20-26; 5-12 WCC) had won five-of-six before the weekend set with USF. The Broncos will honor six SCU final-year players (Ian O'Connor, Tommy Medica, Geoff Klein, Alex Rivers, Steve Kalush and Nate Garcia) on 'Senior Day' tomorrow.
On Saturday, the Dons benefited from SCU's fourth error, a dropped fly ball in the seventh to tack on two unearned runs and end Rivers' night after 6 2/3 innings. The miscue resulted in a 9-4 USF lead heading into the game's late stages.
Rivers (5-7) - a four-year senior pitching his final game at Schott Stadium - allowed 10 hits. Four defensive errors by the SCU defense largely contributed to USF scoring nine runs (four earned) off Rivers.