May 23, 2004
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Santa Clara University baseball team closed out its 2004 season with a second-straight double digit scoring game against Portland, knocking off the Pilots by a score of 10-2 in the West Coast Conference finale for both teams Sunday at Pilot Stadium.
Senior John Redmond (7-2) earned the win for the Broncos as the squad improved to 27-29 on the season and 16-14 against WCC competition. Santa Clara finished second in the league's West Division, two games ahead of third-place San Francisco. Overall, the Broncos finished fifth in the league by virtue of Gonzaga's 16-11 record and .593 winning percentage after its three-game series against Loyola Marymount was cancelled due to inclement weather in Spokane.
Portland fell to 12-44 overall and 6-24 in conference play, while finishing fourth in the West Division.
David Hoffmire and Dustin Realini combined for four hits and four runs batted in to lead the Broncos, while Nic Crosta gathered two RBI. The Broncos registered 10 hits in the game and three SCU pitchers scattered eight Portland hits.
Santa Clara scored twice in the third inning after a leadoff walk, single and stolen base put two runners in scoring position. Hoffmire singled home Ryan Chiarelli for the first run of the game and Crosta's sacrifice fly made it 2-0.
The Broncos opened it up with five more in the fourth, spearheaded by four consecutive hits to leadoff the inning. Portland went through three relievers in the frame before sophomore Joe Jones recorded the final two outs, but the damage was done on six hits and a hit by pitch.
Portland loaded the bases in both the fourth and fifth innings, but came away empty in the fourth and crossed just two runs in the fifth. Senior Jeff Crinklaw drew a bases-loaded walk and Mike McRae's RBI-groundout made it 7-2.
Santa Clara added another run in the sixth and two more in the eight on Dustin Realini's two-run blast, his fifth home run of the season and second in the final two games, into the parking lot in left field for the 10-2 final.
Emotions ran high early as three players were ejected in the top of the first inning. Pilot sophomore left-hander Andrew Renyer, and Santa Clara's Will Thompson and Matt McColgan were removed from the game after a confrontation ensued when Renyer hit Thompson with two outs and a runner on first.
Thanks to UP media relations for its contribution to this report.