May 20, 2008
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Sophomore Tommy Medica pushed his career-high hitting streak to 29 games Tuesday night as the Santa Clara baseball team fell 8-2 to the University of the Pacific in its 2008 season finale. The Broncos are now 33-22 on the season and await their postseason fate.
Medica went 2-for-3 and scored one run for the Broncos. The win went to Pacific's Larry Holscher (2-4). The lost went to Justin Kuehn (1-3). He tossed three innings allowing two runs, one walk and struck out two.
After a scoreless two innings, the Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third as Mike Walker homered to right field. His shot also brought allowed Joe Oliveira to score as well. Oliveira walked to get on base.
Pacific struck again in the top of the sixth inning as John Joines walked with bases loaded to allow Walker to score. Walker hit a leadoff single to get on base. The Tigers led 3-0.
Santa Clara responded with one run in the home half of the sixth to finally get on the scoreboard. Medica was hit by a pitch and then advance to second as Ryan Conan singled through the right side. The catcher then scored on a Jon Karcich base hit.
The Broncos attempted to close the gap even more in the seventh inning as Nathan Faulkner moved into scoring position on a balk. He was dealt a walk but could be brought home as Brady Fuerst flew out to centerfield and Matt Long grounded out to first base.
With two outs on the board in top of the eighth inning, Mike McKeever made it a three-run game for Pacific as he scored on a Brett Manning single. UOP did not stop there are Manning scored on an Oliveira base hit to give the Tigers a 5-1 advantage. The half inning was brought to a close as J.B. Brown was putout as Faulkner belted one to third baseman Kyle Van Dusen, who made the out.
The Broncos added one run in the eighth inning. Evan LeBlanc, the inning's leadoff hitter, was hit by a pitch and then advanced to third on a Medica single to right centerfield. LeBlanc gave Santa Clara its second run of the night on a Conan sacrifice. The Broncos then put Medica in scoring position on a balk with two outs on the board but he could not score are Curtis Wagner struck out to end the inning.
UOP continued to widen the gap in the top of the ninth as the Tigers tacked on three runs to make the final score, 8-2. Nick Longmire drove in the first run for Pacific with his double down the right field line. Walker scored on the play. After a pitching change for the Broncos, McKeever homered over the left field wall bringing home Longmire with him.
The Broncos await their postseason fate, which will be announced at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 6 on ESPNews.