Feb. 25, 2002
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -
Santa Clara vs. Sacramento State
Santa Clara and Sacramento State will meet for the 59th time Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. in Buck Shaw Stadium. The Broncos hold the all-time series advantage that dates back to 1958 at 36-22. Over the last decade, however, the Hornets have won 14 of the 26 meetings between the two schools, including three of the last four. Last year each team won a game on the other team's home field. The Hornets defeated Santa Clara by a score of 7-4 on February 27 at Buck Shaw Stadium, while the Broncos claimed a 4-3 victory on April 24 at Hornet Field.
On the Road Again
Following Tuesday's game with Sacramento State, the Broncos will head out on a season-long eight-game road trip beginning with a three-game series at the University of Nevada. Santa Clara will begin the three-game set in Reno at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon. The games in Reno can be followed live online at SantaClaraBroncos.com. Live statistical updates will be given following each play.
Santa Clara entered last weekend's series with top-ranked Stanford looking to find out just how they measure up to the standard in college baseball. Despite losing two of the three games, the Broncos proved they belong, winning game two by a score of 13-9 and dropping the other two games by only one run, each time in Stanford's last at-bat. Santa Clara hit .318 as a team against the Cardinal, including Jim Wallace who batted .455 over the three games. Jack Headley and Pat Peavey provided much of the offensive pop as Headley knocked in seven runs, including five on Saturday, while Peavey knocked in four. Joey Gomes knocked in three runs and scored four runs, while A.J. LaBarbera and Ryan Chiarelli each scored five times.
Pair of Aces
One of the year's biggest surprises to date has been the play of sophomores Chad Fillinger and John Redmond. During Fillinger's freshman season he posted an impressive 6-1 record to go along with two saves, but nobody expected him to do what he has done this year as a starter. To date, Fillinger has thrown 21 1/3 innings of work in which he has allowed only three earned runs on 19 hits, striking out 15 and walking only three. Opponents are batting a mere .226 against the right-hander who has posted a 1.27 ERA. Like Fillinger, Redmond has been equally dominant, throwing a team-high 25 innings of work in which he has allowed 10 earned runs on 25 hits. He has accumulated a 3-1 record to go along with a 3.60 ERA in his first four starts of the year.