March 12, 2005
Santa Clara, CA - The Brown baseball team held a 6-1 lead heading into the the final two innings but Santa Clara rallied together a seven-run eighth to steal an 8-6 win over the Bears on Friday night at Buck Shaw Stadium. Brown starter Bryan Tews posted seven strong innings, allowing only one run on two hits. The loss drops the Bears to 0-5 on the season while Santa Clara improves to 12-7.
Brown scored four runs in the fourth after three scoreless innings. Back-to-back singles by senior Matt Kutler and junior Paul Christian got things started for the Bears. Junior Danny Hughes brought home Kutler with a double to left field. Senior Jeff Nichols then stepped to the plate and cleared the bases with a three-run shot over the left field fence.
After the Broncos got a run in the bottom of the fourth, the Bears tacked on two more runs in the fifth to grab a 6-1 lead. Hughes knocked in his second run of the game with a single thru the right side. Santa Clara then walked the bases loaded and eventually walked a run home, giving the Bears a five-run advantage.
A lead-off walk and a single ended Tews night in the eighth inning after seven solid innings of work. As the Broncos worked their way into the Bear bullpen, SCU loaded the bases on a single. Another pitching change would follow before pinch hitter Jason Matteucci singled into right center field to drive in the first Bronco run of the inning and keep the bases loaded with no outs. A walk drove in another run and cut the Bear's lead to three runs.
Following another pitching change, catcher Kris Watts was hit by a pitch to bring in the fourth SCU run of the evening. A sacrifice fly brought in another and recorded only the first out of the inning. With runners on first and third, Carl Bacon hit a line drive home run over the right field wall to give Santa Clara a 8-6 advantage.
In the top of the ninth, Brown loaded the bases with two outs but a fly out quickly ended its chances.
Brown will seek revenge over the Broncos when the two teams meet again tomorrow in game two of the three game series. The first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. Eastern Time.