May 16, 2008
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team defeated conference rival Pepperdine University, 6-3, in game one of the deciding weekend series. The winner of the series will determine the second place seed in the West Coast Conference and who will face No. 1 seed, University of San Diego, in the conference championships in San Diego, Calif.
Matt Long answered the Waves first inning run with a lead off homerun to tie the game, for his ninth homer of the season. The tie was short lived as Pepperdine answered back with two runs in the second inning; the first on a pitch that passed catcher Tommy Medica, followed by an RBI by Eric Thames off of Nate Garcia.
The Waves pitcher Nathan Newman kept the Broncos at bay and held the Pepperdine two-run lead for almost four innings until Medica hit an two-run RBI to get Santa Clara's first lead of the day, 3-2. The Broncos were not done scoring in the fifth, as Jon Karcich hit a two-run homerun to end the four-run inning for the Broncos.
The Broncos will host the Waves tomorrow, May 17, at 6:00 p.m., where they look to get one step closer to playing in the championship series, and head coach Mark O'Brien will look to get his 200th career win. Prior to the game Santa Clara will be celebrating Senior Day.