May 12, 2002
The Santa Clara University baseball team lost control of its own postseason destiny with a 15-4 loss Sunday afternoon to Gonzaga at Arthur/A.R.T. Stadium in Spokane, Wash.
The Bulldogs (25-26, 13-14 WCC) answered right back in the bottom of the first with four runs on only two hits. John Gebbers, who delivered four RBI in Saturday's loss to the Broncos, provided the biggest blow in the inning, connecting on a three-run home run to left center field of Bronco starter John Redmond.
After each team went quietly in each of their next half innings, Gonzaga busted out in a big way, scoring seven unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, giving them an 11-4 lead. The first two Bulldog batters grounded out to LaBarbera to begin the fourth, but an errant throw by Mark Folgner on the third batter allowed the Gonzaga inning to continue.
Following the error, the Bulldogs took advantage of seven hits and two balks to give them a lead they would not relinquish, forcing Redmond from the game after 3 2/3 innings in which he allowed 11 runs, only four of which were earned, on 11 hits while striking out one and walking two.
The Broncos would add only one more run in the eighth inning as senior Joey Gomes connected on his 10th home run of the season, this one going to right center field, giving Santa Clara their fourth run.
Gonzaga scored twice more in the seventh and once more in the eighth to take the score to its eventual final of 15-4.
Matt Reding picked up his second win of the season for Gonzaga after throwing seven full innings of work in which he allowed three runs, only one of which was earned, on eight Santa Clara hits. Kemp Quackenbush threw the final two innings of relief for the Bulldogs, allowing one run on three hits.
Santa Clara falls to two full games behind Pepperdine in the WCC Coast Division race after the Waves swept a four-game series over Saint Mary's in Malibu, Calif. The only way that the Broncos can now make the WCC Championships series is to sweep Saint Mary's in Moraga next weekend and hope that Gonzaga takes at least two of three from Pepperdine in Spokane. Gonzaga and Saint Mary's are each three games behind Pepperdine after Sunday's action.