May 11, 2001
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Senior Taggert Bozied ended his 0-for-13 hitting slump against the Broncos with an eighth-inning two-run homer that broke a 2-2 tie and gave San Francisco a 4-2 victory over Santa Clara in West Coast Conference baseball action at Benedetti Diamond on Friday.
The Broncos fell to 22-32 on the season and 16-13 in the WCC with two games remaining on the schedule. Santa Clara remains in contention for the WCC's Coast Division title due to an 18-7 Loyola Marymount win over Gonzaga Friday. Any combination of a Santa Clara loss or Gonzaga win would clinch the title for the Bulldogs on Saturday or Sunday. With Friday's win San Francisco snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Broncos.
Friday's game saw a pair of outstanding complete game performances on the mound. Santa Clara received a strong outing left-hander Joe Diefenderfer (5-6), who suffered the loss, allowing four runs off six hits while striking out five. USF junior right-hander Jesse Foppert (8-4) hurled his second consecutive complete game win, allowing just two runs off seven hits.
All four runs for the Dons (27-25, 12-15) were generated by homeruns as senior outfielder Jason Howard (7) launched a solo shot to right in the third, while senior outfielder Chad Soares (3) powered a rocket off the scoreboard in deep right in the sixth.
The Broncos scored single runs in the third and sixth innings. After singling to right field to leadoff the third inning, Kellan McConnell scored on a Jimmy Wallace double. McConnell went 2-for-3 to lead the way for the Broncos at the plate. Matt Miller doubled down the left field line to open the sixth inning and scored on a Jack Headley grounder to second base.
Bozied's game-winner he extended his USF and WCC career homerun record to 60. Prior to the homer, he had gone 0-for-13 against Bronco pitching this season. Howard finished his day 2-for-3 with a homerun and an RBI and was the only Don to get two base hits off Diefenderfer.
USF hosts Santa Clara in game two of the series Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Benedetti Diamond. The two teams will play their final game of the regular season Sunday at 1 p.m.