Santa Clara, Calif. – Playing games two and three of a four-game series, it was the Santa Clara offense which triumphed. Brown was within one, 2-1, in the eighth inning of game one, but the Broncos plated three in the bottom of the frame to take game one, 5-1. In game two, SCU continued its offensive surge in game two, scoring 11 runs in the first three innings, on the way to an 18-3 win.
Trailing 2-0 in game one in the fifth inning, Brown picked up its first run of the day. J.J. Franco led off the frame with a single, and then a sacrifice bunt by John Sheridan and a wild pitch put him just 90 feet away. Ryan Zrenda made sure he got across, putting it deep enough for Franco to score on the sac fly.
That was all the Bears could total in game one, as a three run homer by Santa Clara's catcher Patrick Terry secured a 5-1 win for the Broncos.
Terry's blast seem to trigger the SCU offense as their lineup scored 11 runs in the just the first three frames of game two.
Santa Clara's Chris Mendoza threw seven strong innings as he limited the Bears to just one run on four hits.
Two of those hits came in the top of the fourth. After a Matt Colantonio walk, junior Mike DiBiase singled to center. An errant throw from Mendoza allowed the runners to advance, and set up Pete Greskoff who came up with a RBI single to left field.
The Broncos offense responded quickly however, plating one more an inning later and then six more in the bottom of the sixth, highlighted by a three-run home run by Quinton Perry.
Brown was able to get two runs back using plate discipline in the top of the ninth as five walks pushed two across, but not enough to overcome the 18 runs of the Broncos.
The two teams will play the series finale tomorrow afternoon.