April 17, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO - Junior right-hander Nate Garcia pitched his third complete game of the season to lead the Santa Clara baseball team to a 4-1 victory over San Francisco in West Coast Conference action Friday afternoon at Benedetti Diamond.
The Broncos (15-18, 4-6 WCC) held on to the lead for the entire game as Garcia struck out 10 Dons batters, which is two shy of his career high. He also gave up just one run on seven USF (17-21, 4-6 WCC) hits. The Santa Clara native improved to 6-3 on the season, while the loss went to Matt Lujan, who dropped to 2-6 overall. Lujan went 6.1 innings and was credited with all four the Broncos' runs.
Santa Clara had nine hits in the outing, including two home runs. Freshman Lucas Herbst registered his first collegiate homer, while sophomore Chris Morton tallied his second of the season. Morton went 2-for-3 on the day, while Herbst had in a game-high two RBIs.
Senior Kevin Madden started things off for the Broncos with a double in the first inning. He then scored on a Geoff Klein base hit. It was the junior catcher's 43rd RBI of the season. With a 1-0 lead, SCU got itself out of the first inning with a double play and a bases loaded groundout.
In the second inning, freshman DH Andrew Biancardi led off with a double and was then driven home on Herbst's home run. SCU lead 3-0.
The Broncos turned another double play in the third inning to hold onto the shutout. However, in the sixth inning, Zach Kim ended the Dons drought. The left fielder was dealt a leadoff walk and then scored on a Derek Poppert double to left field with one out on the board. Poppert was then picked off and Ryan Lipkin struck out swinging to bring the inning to a close.
Santa Clara responded the seventh inning with its final run of the game. It came on Morton's home run to left field.
The Broncos and Dons continue their WCC series on Saturday, April 18. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Benedetti Diamond in San Francisco.