May 18, 2002
MORAGA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team picked up an 11-1 victory in game two of a three-game set against Saint Mary's College Saturday afternoon in Moraga, Calif.
The Broncos (25-30, 15-14 WCC) jumped out to a 5-0 lead after five innings of play. Santa Clara scored two runs in the second and fifth and tallied one run in the third. Only three runs were earned as the Gaels stuttered defensively. Pat Peavey and Joe Diefenderfer tallied all three Bronco RBI.
In the bottom of the fifth the Gaels (22-27, 14-15 WCC) would tally their first and only run of the game. Nick Conte led-off with a single and advanced to third after an Adam Thompson single. Conte would then score on a Jeff Cunningham sacrifice bunt. After five innings of play the Broncos led 5-1.
The Broncos would add to their lead in the sixth after three straight base hits by Ryan Chiarelli, Diefenderfer and A.J. LaBarbera, respectively. LaBarbera's single scored Chiarelli to give SCU a 6-1 advantage. Joey Gomes then recorded his 31 double of the year against relief pitcher Matt Dolen. Gomes scored both Diefenderfer and LaBarbera, giving the Broncos an 8-1 lead. Santa Clara would tally two more runs to lead 10-1 after six innings.
Losing pitcher for the Gaels was Eric Bowden who went five innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits. His season record falls to 5-6. Winning pitcher for the Broncos was John Redmond who improves to 6-6 on the season after throwing eight full innings in which he only one run on eight hits while striking out six.
Diefenderfer ended the game 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored from the leadoff position in the lineup. Gomes ended the day 4-for-6 with two RBI and three runs scored. The four hits gives him 96 for the season, just two shy of tying the all-time single season mark at SCU. Peavey ended the day 3-for-5 with three RBI.
The Gaels and Broncos will meet again for the final game of the season on Sunday, May 19 at Louis Gusto Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 pm from Moraga.