April 27, 2002
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team evened up its series with Loyola Marymount at one game apiece after a 6-3 win Saturday afternoon at George Page Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif.
The Broncos (19-25, 9-10 WCC) started their scoring in the top of the second inning when Jim Wallace singled to left and was pushed to third when Joe Diefenderfer collected his first double of the season. After a walk to Alex Anderson and a strikeout of Scott Dierks, Ryan Chiarelli scored Wallace when he was hit by the first pitch he saw.
The top of the third was even kinder to Santa Clara as Pat Peavey reached on an error and moved to second on a bunt single by Jack Headley. Both Broncos scored just one batter later when catch Wallace connected on his ninth home run of the season to give Santa Clara a 4-0 lead.
Wallace's home run cleared the Blue Monster in left field, which is an exact replica of Fenway Park's Green Monster in Boston. The ball itself went over the left center portion of the fence, which is 37 feet tall and measures nearly 350 feet away from home plate.
The Lions (17-26, 10-9 WCC) cut the Bronco lead down to 4-1 in the fifth inning as Carl Stoeber led off with a double and then moved to third when Joe Frazee grounded out to shortstop. Stoeber scored one batter later when Joe Silva flew out to center field.
LMU added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on four consecutive hits to cut the SCU lead down to 4-3. Jonathan Higashi led off the inning with a triple and scored one batter later when Tommy Perez singled to left field. Perez scored three batters later on Jonathan Oller's fielder's choice.
Santa Clara answered right back in the top of the seventh inning as Joey Gomes scored and Peavey moved up to third base on a sacrifice fly by Headley. Peavey scored just one batter later when Wallace picked up his fourth RBI of the day with a double to right center.
Matt Travis threw six full innings of work in which he allowed three earned runs on 10 hits before giving way to Chad Fillinger to start the seventh inning. Fillinger pitched the final three innings of scoreless relief to pick up his first save of the year and move Travis to 5-2 on the season.
Wallace finished the day for the Broncos by going 3-for-5 with a home run, double and four runs batted in. Joey Gomes collected his 24th double of the season in the first inning, moving him into a tie for second place all-time at Santa Clara for doubles in a single season.
Justin Abreu fell to 3-4 on the season for LMU after allowing six runs on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings of work. Nicholas Lovato and Kevin Jenson combined to throw 2 1/3 innings of scoreless and hitless relief for the Lions. Higashi, Kris Zacuto and Sean Smith each picked up two hits in the loss.
The Broncos and Lions will play the rubbermatch of the three-game series Sunday afternoon at Page Stadium with the first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.