May 12, 2009
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Senior Kyle Van Dusen scored the lone run Tuesday night as the Santa Clara baseball team fell 9-1 to UC Davis in their 2009 home finale. With the loss, the teams split the series 1-1.
The win went to Anthony Kupbens (1-1). He went six innings, gave up just one hit and struck out three batters. The loss went to junior RHP Steve Kalush (1-6). He tossed six innings and struck out three, while surrendering five hits.
The Aggies scored four runs in the first inning and solo runs in the fourth and seventh innings. UC Davis then tacked on three runs in the eighth inning to put the game out of reach for Santa Clara.
The Broncos were held without a hit until the fifth inning when junior shortstop Ian O'Connor singled to right field. However, It wasn't until the seventh inning that Santa Clara was able to score. Van Dusen was hit by a pitch to open the home half and then advanced to second base on a wild pitch from David Popkins. The Phoenix, Ariz., native then scored on a Chris Morton single up the middle.
The Broncos had another opportunity in the eighth inning as senior Brady Fuerst made it to third after reaching on an error by third baseman Justin Schafer and advancing around the horn on an Andrew Biancardi single and another Aggie fielding error. However, with two outs on the board O'Connor struck out to bring the inning to a close.
Santa Clara got a runner in scoring position once again in the ninth inning as senior David Abraham came into pinch hit for outfielder James Heintz. He reached on a fielder's choice and then made it to third on a Geoff Klein single to right field. However, in a similar situation as the eighth inning, the runners were stranded on base as the final batter was struck out.
The Broncos bring the 2009 West Coast Conference season to a close this weekend against the Waves of Pepperdine. The series opens on Friday, May 15 at 3 p.m. It continues on with 1 p.m. starts on Saturday and Sunday. Santa Clara's campaign comes to a close on Monday, May 18 at Cal Poly. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.