March 29, 2009
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - After a three and a half hour slugfest, the Santa Clara baseball team fell 14-8 to Loyola Marymount in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Stephen Schott Stadium. The Lions won all three of the West Coast Conference opening series games.
The Broncos dropped to 10-11 on the season and 0-3 in WCC action, while the Lions improved to 16-12 overall and 3-0 in league play. LMU out-hit SCU 18-15 and rallied for nine runs in the ninth inning to knot the score and take the game.
The win went to Chris Eusebio (2-2). He gave up two runs and struck out two in 2.1 innings. The loss went to Steve Kalush (1-3).
At the plate, junior Geoff Klein had a solid outing for the Broncos. He went 3-for-5 with two runs and four RBIs. Seniors Matt Long and Brady Fuerst had two RBIs and a run each. For the Lions, Shon Roe went 4-for-5 with 2 runs and four RBIs. Kyle Spraker was 4-for-6 with two runs and three RBIs.
Santa Clara took an early 1-0 lead on a lead-off home run from Long. It was his third homer of the season. The Broncos were able to keep the Lions quiet until the fourth inning. Then, LMU rallied for five runs to take a 5-1 advantage.
However, SCU was not about to back down and produced runs in three straight innings, while keeping LMU scoreless.
In the fifth inning, Andrew Biancardi opened with a base hit through the left side. He moved around the bases as David Abraham singled and Juan Parra had a sacrifice bunt. The freshman from Aptos, Calif., was then driven home on a sacrifice fly from Long.
In the sixth inning, Klein got on base with one out on the board and was then brought home on a home run from Fuerst. The third baseman's first homer of the season went out to left field and brought Santa Clara within one-run, 5-4.
Santa Clara knotted the score and then took a one-run lead in the seventh inning. The runs came in on a home run from Klein, his second of the season, to centerfield. The catcher brought home freshman outfielder Lucas Herbst as well. Santa Clara led 6-5.
Yet, the Lions exploded for nine runs in the ninth inning to reclaim the lead and win the game. However, the Broncos posted two more runs in the home half of the ninth to have the final say in the 14-8 decision.
Parra started off the inning with a double to left centerfield. Two quick outs were put on the board before Karcich reached on an error by LMU's Spraker. Karcich then stole second and with a two RBI single to right field from Klein, Parra and Karcich were sent home for the final two runs of the game.
The Broncos return to action with two non-conference midweek games against the Dirtbags of Long Beach State and the Cardinal of Stanford. SCU and Long Beach State battle on Tuesday, Mar. 31 at 6 p.m. at Stephen Schott Stadium. The Broncos then travel up the 101 to take on the Cardinal on Wednesday, Apr. 1 at 5 p.m. at Sunken Diamond.