San Diego Cruises Past Baseball in Series Opener

San Diego Cruises Past Baseball in Series Opener

Series Preview

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Anthony Donatella pitched eight-plus innings of scoreless relief and Stephen Dubb and Jeff Houghtby each had three hits and two RBIs to pace the offense for San Diego, which overcame an early deficit to claim a 14-6 series-opening win over Santa Clara baseball on Friday.

The Toreros (27-19, 11-11 West Coast Conference) scored three in the fourth, keyed by RBI hits from Houghtby and Dubb, and added two more in the fifth to erase a 6-4 Bronco lead.

While San Diego scored in four of the final six innings, Donatella (3-1) scattered six hits in his 8 1/3 innings to keep the Santa Clara (10-33, 3-16) offense in check. The southpaw, pitching to a righty-centric lineup, struck out seven and walked only two.

San Diego, which had dropped five of its previous six, pounded out 15 hits and took advantage of four Bronco errors in the first of three games at Stephen Schott Stadium.

Shane McGuire and Paul Kunst also drove in two runs apiece for the Toreros who added four more insurance runs in the ninth.

Tony Boetto had three of the 12 hits for Santa Clara, which used four pitchers.

Locke Bernhardt (2-4), who relieved starter Russell Grant II in the fourth inning, suffered the loss. Bernhardt surrendered four runs, though only one was earned, in his 1 2/3 innings.

The teams combined for 10 runs in the opening inning.

After the Toreros scored four, highlighted by three straight run-scoring singles from Kunst, Dubb and Chris McCready, the Broncos answered with six in the bottom half of the frame knocking out San Diego starter Grady Miler.

Ryan McCarthy had a two-run double and following RBI singles from Boetto and Connor Henriques, Matt Jew accounted for the go-ahead runs on his bloop single to center field. Boetto came around to score and Henriques crossed the plate when the base bit was mishandled by Kunst.

Miller yielded six runs on six hits in his 2/3 of an inning on the mound.

NEXT UP
The Broncos and Toreros continue their three-game series on Saturday. First pitch is at 1 p.m.

TICKETS
Single-game tickets priced at $10 are available. Click here to purchase online or contact the ticket office in Leavey Center weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (408) 554-4660 or BroncoTickets@scu.edu. Group discounts are also available through our ticket office sales and service consultants. Gates to Stephen Schott Stadium, as well as its ticket booth, are open one hour prior to the start of the game.
 
PARKING
Parking is available in the Guadalupe lot, adjacent to 455 El Camino Real. The Guadalupe lot is reserved beginning 60 minutes before game time through the end of the event for free parking. Baseball parking is no longer allowed in the lot behind Schott Stadium's left field wall. Overflow parking is available in the Leavey Center lot. Spectators that plan to arrive more than an hour prior to game time on weekdays are encouraged to purchase a parking permit for the Leavey lot. All SCU lot parking is free on weekends. ADA parking is available in the lot directly in front of the main gates; there is no general public parking in this lot. Follow signs for parking instructions. Click here for a campus parking map.
 
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