May 21, 2005
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Despite an outstanding day at the plate for junior third baseman Michael Thompson, the Santa Clara University baseball team dropped a high-scoring 15-11 decision to the University of Portland Saturday afternoon in front of 677 fans at Stephen Schott Stadium.
With the loss, Santa Clara dropped to 27-28 on the season and 10-19 in West Coast Conference play. Portland improved to 17-35 overall and 7-22 in the WCC's West Division. The two teams play the final game of the three-game set Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Sunday's game will mark the final collegiate appearance for seven Bronco seniors, including Ryan Chiarelli, Shawn Epidendio, Mark Folgner, Kellan McConnell, Anthony Rea, Adam Sanabria and Thomas Van Buskirk. It will also serve as the rescheduled Bronco Kidz Day with all members of the official SCU Athletics youth club earning free admission with their membership card.
Portland starter Ari Ronick moved to 3-10 on the season as he earned the win despite allowing 11 hits and eight runs in six full innings. He walked three Broncos and struck out two.
SCU's Patrick Overholt took the loss to fall to 2-7 on the season. He pitched one-and-two-thirds innings and allowed six runs and walked five. Overholt was one of five SCU pitchers who saw action in the game. Freshman Chris Stansbury earned the most time on the mound, going four full innings and allowing nine hits and five runs while striking out four Portland batters.
Thompson was one of three Broncos who registered three hits or more in the game, going 4-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored. He recorded his team-leading 20th double of the season in the Bronco fourth inning.
Epidendio went 3-for-5 in the game and Jason Matteucci recorded a 3-for-6 outing with two RBI and two runs scored. Matteucci also had his 15th double of the season. Eric Newton blasted his eighth home run of the season in the eighth inning.
Portland's Travis Vetters picked-up where he left off the night before, going 3-for-5 at the plat with two RBI and three runs scored. Third baseman Jason Krohn led the Pilots with a 2-for-4 performance with five RBI and two runs scored. Overall five Pilots registered multiple RBI in the game.