April 29, 2007
SANTA CLARA - The Lions were never able to turn around a rough start Sunday, as Santa Clara (22-23, 7-8 WCC) avoided a West Coast Conference series sweep with a 11-1 win at Stephen Schott Stadium. LMU (20-27-1, 7-8 WCC) tallied seven hits, but could push only one run across after leaving eight on base.
The first batter LMU starter Daniel Macias faced gave an indication of what was to come, as Matt Long homered in the Broncos' first at bat. After a pair of singles and walks, the Broncos had a 3-0 lead after the first.
The Broncos returned for seven more runs in the second inning, after drawing three walks to load the bases with one out. Santa Clara then connected for four straight hits, three of them for extra bases, for a 10-0 lead.
Macias (4-6) suffered the loss after allowing the 10 runs on seven hits in his 1.1 innings of work.
Fellow senior Ezequiel Ruvalcaba then entered the game in relief for the Lions and worked 2.2 scoreless innings.
The Broncos made it 11-0 with a run in the fifth when Ryan Conan's double plated Evan LeBlanc.
The Lions got on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth, when Justin Bunkis hit a solo home run over the fence in left field.
Santa Clara starter Donald Brandt (4-2) earned the win after working 6.2 innings. He was charged with one run on five hits.
Senior DeAndre Miller was the only Lion to finish with multiple-hits, going 3-for-4, including an infield single with two outs in the ninth.
The Broncos finished with 13 hits, with two each from Long, Tommy Medica, Conan, and Nathan Faulkner.
Despite today's loss, the Lions posted series victories over all three WCC Bay Area schools this season with 2-1 series wins over Santa Clara and defending WCC Champion San Francisco and a sweep of Saint Mary's.
LMU heads back to Los Angeles for finals week on campus, but will face difficult back-to-back WCC road swings, as the Lions play at Gonzaga next weekend. Fans who can't make the trip to Washington with the Lions can follow all of the action on Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio on www.LMULions.com.