Extra-Base Hits Guide Santa Clara Past Lions
Santa Clara collected three homers and three triples en route to beating LMU 10-2.
April 26, 2014
The Santa Clara baseball program (18-24, 9-8 WCC) posted three homers and three triples en route to defeating LMU (25-18, 13-7 WCC) by a count of 10-2 on Saturday at Santa Clara's Stephen Schott Stadium. The Broncos evened the series with the Lions with the victory.
Freshman Stevie Berman had a career day for SCU, going 3-for-3 with two of Santa Clara's three homers, a pair of walks and four runs scored. After the power surge, Berman now has four homers on the year. Greg Harisis and Zach Looney also collected three hits, with Harisis going 3-for-4 with a triple, a run scored and two RBI out of the leadoff spot. Looney also collected a triple to accompany an RBI as part of a 3-for-4 effort. Quinton Perry, who had three RBI in Friday's opener, finished 1-for-2 on Saturday, belting his third homer of the year.
Perhaps Berman's biggest blow to the Lions was his sixth inning single to start the frame. The liner was delivered off Patrick McGrath's shin, chasing him from the game and forcing LMU to call to the bullpen. The pen ran into trouble from the beginning, as Tim Peabody allowed the homer to Perry to put McGrath in line for the loss. The decision moved the right-hander to 5-2 on the year. Tyler Cohen surrendered three runs (one earned) over 1.1 innings before Michael Silva walked a pair and allowed two hits to the tune of three runs over two-thirds of a frame.
Sophomore right-hander Peter Hendron earned the victory after limiting LMU to two runs (one earned) on seven hits and a walk over 7.0 innings, improving to 5-3 with his fourth straight effort of 7.0 innings or more.
Solo homers from Berman in the first and fourth innings handed Santa Clara the early 2-0 lead, but LMU scratched back to even with two runs in the fifth. The Lions took advantage of an error charged to Jose Vizcaino, Jr. to start the frame, as Cassidy Brown reached and moved to third on a hit-and-run single from Boeke. A wild pitch pushed Boeke to second base, setting the table for a productive RBI-groundout from Miller and the RBI-double from Fletcher.
Unfortunately the Lions would not score the rest of the way, as Santa Clara tacked on two runs in the sixth, and three in both the seventh and eighth to blow the game open. Perry's two-run shot in the sixth inning proved to be the game-winner, but an RBI-triple from Vizcaino, Jr. and a two-RBI triple from Harisis also brought the Bronco faithful to their feet in the latter innings.
LMU will look to take the series over Santa Clara tomorrow as the two teams conclude the three-game series at 1 pm.