May 22, 2004
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Santa Clara University baseball team rebounded from its heartbreaking loss on Friday night with its largest margin of victory this season with a 17-2 West Coast Conference win over the University of Portland at Pilot Stadium.
The Broncos improved to 26-29 on the season and 15-14 in WCC contests, while Portland fell to 12-43 overall and 6-23 in league play. The two teams meet on Sunday at 1 p.m. to play the final game of the season. A Bronco win on Sunday and/or a San Francisco loss to division champion Pepperdine would give Santa Clara second in the West Division and fifth-place overall finish in league play. Santa Clara is currently one game ahead of the Dons in the league standings.
Junior left fielder Ryan Chiarelli enjoyed a career outing at the plate, going 5-for-6 with three runs batted in and scoring three times. The San Ramon, Calif. native, who was recently named the 2004-05 president of SCU's student-athlete advisory council, is 7-for-11 in the two games of the series.
Three other Broncos accumulated three RBI in the game -- Will Thompson went 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Designated hitter Nathan Faulkner went 2-for-5 with a run scored. And, Dustin Realini earned three RBI on his fourth home run of the season.
Senior Chad Fillinger (5-9) earned the win for the Broncos on Saturday, going six full innings and allowing just four hits and two runs while striking out six Pilot batters. Bryan Fleming, Scott Lonergan and Andrew Slorp also pitched one full inning each and combined to allow just one Pilot hit. Portland starter Given Kutz was charged with a loss to fall to 2-5 on the season.
After a scoreless first inning, Santa Clara ripped-off four runs in the top of the second, three in the third and five in the fourth to claim a quick 12-0 advantage through the first half of the game.
The first run of the game came on a double steal with Will Thompson, who ledoff the inning with a double doewn the left field line, scoring from third base while Realini advanced to second. After David Mandley walked to put two runners on base, Michael Lange singled up the middle to score Realini from second.
Chiarelli rounded out the scoring in the inning with a two-run double to left center field, scoring Lange and Mandley.
In the third, Santa Clara's three runs came on Realini's homer over the left field fence at Pilot Stadium. The Broncos then added four more runs in the top of the fourth, keyed by a two run single by Will Thompson and a two-run double to left field by Faulkner. Mandley then singled up the middle to score Faulkner.
Portland scored both of its runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning. With two outs and baes loaded, Adam Kerr singled to left field to score two Pilot runs. He was thrown out at second by Lange on a grounder by center fielder Billy Krause.
The Broncos added four runs in the top of the seventh, highlighted by 10 Santa Clara batters approaching the plate. Sant Clara added a final run in the top of the eighth when Chiarelli scored from third base on a passed ball.