Trevor Eastman had two hits in Saturday's 5-3 loss to Santa Clara.
Feb. 5, 2005
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - A four-run sixth inning led to a 5-3 victory for Santa Clara University over the University of Utah baseball team Saturday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Utah (0-2) led 3-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth in game two of the three-game series at Santa Clara (3-2). But the Broncos touched Ute relief pitcher Bryce Freed for four runs in the inning to grab a 5-3 lead.
A leadoff walk to Kris Watts was followed by single from Dustin Realini. The runners moved up to second and third on a fielder's choice. With one out, Michael Thompson doubled to left-center, scoring Watts and Realini to tie the contest at 3-3. Kevin Drever followed that up with an RBI triple, scoring Thompson to put Santa Clara on top 4-3. Ryan Chiarelli plated Thompson with a squeeze bunt to give the Broncos a two-run advantage, 5-3.
Utah put two runners on with one out in the eighth inning. But pinch hitter Tyler Kay struck out and center fielder John Welsh flew out to right field, ending the threat. The Utes had another chance in the top of the ninth. After right fielder Seth Tartler struck out, Utah got three consecutive singles to load the bases.
Shortstop Ryan Khoury, third baseman Jay Brossman and left fielder Joe Mozeleski all singled to knock Bronco relief pitcher Donald Brandt out of the game. Thomas Van Buskirk came on as the fourth pitcher for Santa Clara. Van Buskirk struck out infielder Doug Beck and pinch hitter Adam Frank to end the threat and pick up the save.
"We put ourselves in position to win again today and just didn't get the big hit when we needed it," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "We didn't get clusters of runs. We need to score runs when we have the opportunity. We left too many guys on base and struck out too much. We played well again, just not quite well enough to win."
Freed (0-1) allowed four runs in 2.2 innings to suffer the loss for Utah. Chris Stansbury (1-0) pitched three innings in relief and allowed just one hit and one run for Santa Clara, taking the victory.
Khoury, Brossman, Mozeleski and catcher Trevor Eastman each had two hits for Utah. The Utes out-hit Santa Clara 10-7, but left 12 runners on base.
The third and final game of the series is slated for Noon PST Sunday.