May 15, 2005
MALIBU, Calif. - Despite solo fifth-inning home runs by junior catcher Kris Watts and second baseman Eric Newton, the Santa Clara University baseball team dropped a 5-2 decision to Pepperdine in its final road game of the season Sunday at Eddie D. Field Stadium.
With the loss, the Broncos fell to 26-27 on the season and 9-18 in the West Coast Conference's West Division. Santa Clara hosts division rival Portland in its final series of the season next weekend at Stephen Schott Stadium. Friday's first game of the three-game series begins at 6 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday's contests are each scheduled to start a 1 p.m.
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Pepperdine moved to 33-19 on the season an 19-8 in the West Division of the WCC. Barry Enright (8-1) took the win for Pepperdine, while senior Kellen McConnell fell to 4-7 on the season with the loss for the Broncos. McConnell went five-and-two-thirds and allowed all five of the Waves' runs before Patrick Overholt come on in relief.
Pepperdine got on the board early, posting two runs in the first inning off McConnell. David Uribes doubled to left center to start off the inning then advanced to third on a singled by Adrian Ortiz. He scored on a singled through the right side by Chad Tracy to give the Waves a 1-0 lead with one out. Tracy crossed the plate two batters later when Donald Brown singled to right field.
The Waves put one more run on the board in the bottom of the second innning when designated hitter Taylor Klosowski scored from third as Uribes grounded into a double play at second base.
After Pepperdine made the score 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Santa Clara put two runs on the board in the top of the fifth with the two homers by Watts and Newton. Watts' blast to right field was his sixth of the season, while Newton maintained the team lead with his seventh home run two batters later.