April 6, 2001
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team dropped its first conference home game of the season Friday night to 19th-ranked Pepperdine by a score of 6-1. The game was delayed 42 minutes after the second inning due to rain. With the loss Santa Clara's record falls to 13-20 and 9-4 in conference play. The Waves' record improves to 21-12 and 10-4 in the WCC. Both teams remain in first place in their respective divisions.
Waves pitcher Daniel Haren pitched a complete game only allowing three hits and one unearned run. Santa Clara's only run came in the seventh inning when senior Mike Theoharis drove in Joe Diefenderfer off a fielding error by Waves' second baseman Simon Ferrer.
Diefenderer (3-3) was the starting pitcher for Santa Clara. He recorded six innings pitched giving up five runs and striking out six batters in a losing effort. Pepperdine first scored in the second inning off a leadoff homerun by the pitcher Haren, his third of the season. With two outs in the sixth inning, the Waves recorded three straight hits, the last one being a two-RBI double by Tony Garcia.
Pepperdine was led by Tony Garcia who went 3-for-5 with 3 RBI's, and Woody Cliffords who also went 3-for-5.
Santa Clara continues conference play on Saturday, April 7 when they host Pepperdine in game two of the three game series between the two schools. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium.