Santa Clara, Calif. – Twice it looked as though Brown would be able to pick up its first California road trip victory, but the Broncos of Santa Clara were able to keep the Bears from picking up a notch in the win column. Brown was topped 3-0 in game one of the doubleheader and went 12 innings in game two as SCU came away with the 2-1 victory.
Pitching duals dominated the two-game set as the Bears (1-13) could not figure out Santa Clara (15-7) starter Powell Fansler in game one, while game two saw a 1-1 tie extend into extra frames with the winning score coming on a beat out double play ball with bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 12th.
Brown received superb pitching in both games. Junior Kevin Carlow (Mystic, Conn.) started game one and went 6.1 innings, allowing just three runs, while scattering eight hits and striking out one. Rookie Taylor Wright (Berwyn, Pa.) relieved Carlow and went 1.2 innings scoreless with no walks and a strikeout.
In game number two, junior Heath Mayo (Whitehouse, Texas) started and went 6.0 innings allowing just four hits and one run while striking out five. Taylor entered again as the first arm out of the pen and went an impressive 3.0 innings, allowing just a single hit.
Santa Clara's pitching proved to be just as potent however as game one starter Powell Fansler went 7.0 scoreless innings for the win, while Max Deering came in for the two-inning save.
The winning run in the first contest came off the bat Bronco shortstop Justin Viele who tallied an RBI on a fielder's choice in the third inning.
The pitching dual continued in game two as Santa Clara took a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning.
The 1-1 tie lasted another six innings as neither teams offense could get going until the bottom of the 12th when Andrew Biancardi beat out a potential double play with one out and the bases loaded to seal the victory.