May 10, 2002
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Santa Clara University baseball team dropped its series opener with Gonzaga University by a score of 2-1 Friday afternoon at August/A.R.T. Stadium in Spokane, Wash.
The Bulldogs (24-25, 12-13 WCC) scored once in the bottom of the first inning when Grant Zurmley doubled to left and moved over to third on a wild pitch from Matt Travis. Zurmley would score two batters later as a Sam Hess singled home the first run of the game.
The Broncos (23-28, 13-12 WCC) finally got themselves on the scoreboard in the sixth inning when A.J. LaBarbera singled and moved to third when Joey Gomes connected on his 29th double of the season. LaBarbera scored two batters later when Jack Headley reached on a fielding error by Zurmley.
Travis threw a very good game for Santa Clara, allowing only the one run on seven hits through the first eight innings. After giving up a lead-off single to Brian Munhall in the ninth and watching him advance to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jeff Culpepper, Travis was pulled from the game, brining on Chad Fillinger from the bullpen.
On Fillinger's very first pitch in relief, John Gebbers singled to right field, scoring Munhall just ahead of Gomes' throw to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 series opening victory.
Brent Dayton picked up the complete-game victory after allowing one unearned run on six Santa Clara hits in the game. Dayton improves to 4-4 on the season.
The Broncos and Bulldogs will compete in game two of the three-game set Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at August/A.R.T. Stadium.