May 20, 2005
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team pounded out 16 hits and senior pitcher Anthony Rea scatter only four hits over seven full innings as the Broncos cruised past the University of Portland 13-1 in a West Coast Conference series opener Friday at Stephen Schott Stadium.
Santa Clara evened its record to 27-27 on the season and moved to 10-18 in the WCC's West Division, while Portland fell to 16-35 overall and 6-22 in league play. The two teams play the second of the three-game series Saturday at 1 p.m. at Schott Stadium. The season finale for the Broncos is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m.
Rea, a native of Palo Alto, Calif., improved his record to 7-6 this season after pitching seven shutout innings. He struck out two and did not allow a walk. Given Kutz fell to 6-7 on the season for Portland after allowing eight hits and seven runs to take the loss.
Four Broncos registered multiple hits in the game, including catcher Kris Watts. who went 2-for-2 in the game with two RBI and two runs scored. Right fielder Jason Matteucci went 2-for-6 on the night with two RBI, while Eric Newton and Dustin Realini also registered two hits and two RBI.
Portland was led by right fielder Travis Vetters, who went 3-for-4 on the night and scored the Pilots' only run.
Santa Clara broke a scoreless game open in the bottom of the fourth inning when 10 Bronco batters came to the plate and scored six runs. SCU put another five runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth then added its final two scores in the seventh.