April 6, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Defensive lapses cost the Santa Clara baseball team Friday afternoon as the squad fell, 6-2, to the San Francisco Dons in the Dante Benedetti Classic, played at AT&T Park. With the win, the Dons even the weekend series between the two teams, with tomorrow's rubber game on deck.
Game three of the series is scheduled for a 1 p.m. first pitch Sunday afternoon at Benedetti Diamond.
Tommy Medica continued his hot streak at the plate for Santa Clara (16-17, 3-2 WCC), turning in his third multi-hit effort in as many games with a 2-for-4 performance and his second triple in as many days. Gabe Alcantar and David Hoffmire each had a pair of hits for the Broncos, as well.
But the Broncos could not solve Dons starter Jason Dufloth, who tossed his first complete game of the season, earning his fifth win by striking out four and allowing only two runs on seven hits. For Santa Clara, Matt Wickswat fell to 4-4 on the year after allowing four runs, only one earned, on five hits over four and a third innings.
The Broncos got on the board first Friday, as Medica led the game off with a base hit, and scored three batters later on Ryan Conan's bunt. But the Dons answered right back in their half of the first, as a two-out single by Mitchell Bialoskey plated Joey Railey to tie the game. The Dons then kept at it in the second, getting three unearned runs after a failed pickoff attempt kept the inning alive, setting the table for an RBI single from Railey and a two-run single off the bat of Jonnie Knoble.
Railey led the Dons Friday with a 3-for-5 performance and scored three runs while driving in one. Knoble had a pair of hits and three RBIs, while Brian Chavez also had two hits.
Santa Clara halved the lead in the third thanks once again to Medica, who tripled to center to lead off the inning, and was driven in on the very next at-bat by Matt Long. But Long was thrown out trying to stretch his single into a double, and after Gabe Alcantar's single, the Broncos could not muster anymore offense and the inning ended.
The Broncos managed only two more baserunners off of Dufloth over the final six innings, with Hoffmire's single in the fourth and Juan Parra reaching on an error in the seventh.
San Francisco added single runs in the seventh and eighth innings off of reliever Steve Kalush to ice the contest. Medica's second error of the game allowed Knoble to third after stealing second base, and he scored on a sacrifice fly. In the eighth, Railey tripled with two outs and was then brought home on a Knoble single.