Feb. 16, 2007
DAVIS, Calif. - Timely hitting and opportunistic play propelled the Santa Clara baseball team to its first win in 10 days Friday afternoon, stopping a three-game skid with an 11-3 win over the UC Davis Aggies in Davis. Coincidentally, the Broncos snapped their streak with a win over the very team they recorded their last victory over, as they defeated the Aggies 7-6 on Feb. 6.
The series will now shift to Stephen Schott Stadium for Saturday's contest, as the Broncos (6-5) and Aggies do battle beginning at 1 p.m.
Matt Wickswat allowed only three runs in five-plus innings to earn his second win of the season, as Steve Kalush and Matt Hiserman tossed shutout ball over the final three and a third innings, allowing only one hit apiece.
The Aggies actually struck first Friday, as Aaron Hanke, who went 3-for-5 on the day, led off the second inning with a single as Grant Hirneise followed up with a walk. After being sacrificed up a bag, the duo scored in the ensuing two at-bats, with Hanke scoring on a Kyle Mihaylo sacrifice fly and Hirneise being driven in on a Jacob Jefferies single for the 2-0 lead.
But the Broncos answered right away, taking the lead for good with four runs in the third. Base hits from Juan Parra and Matt Long led things off, and the two were sacrificed up a bag by David Hoffmire. After Alcantar was beaned to load up the bases, Carl Bacon drove in SCU's first run with a sacrifice fly to center, and Evan LeBlanc drew a walk to reload the sacks.
Conan then put the Broncos ahead to stay the rest of the way as he smashed his first career triple, which cleared the bases and gave SCU the 4-2 advantage.
UC Davis closed to within a run in the fifth on a Daniel Descalso RBI single, but one of three Aggie errors opened the door for a big Bronco seventh.
Jon Karcich reached on Descalso's error to open the inning, and four batters later, with two outs and two on, Alcantar hit his first homer of the year to extend the Bronco lead to four at 7-3.
With Kalush and Hiserman keeping the Aggie bats in check the rest of the way, the Broncos put things away for good in the ninth with a four-run burst. A wild pitch, a passed ball, and a throwing error all accounted for Bronco runs, as the squad put things out of reach for the 11-3 win.