April 29, 1997

Santa Clara Baseball Defeats Cal

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Kevin Okimoto went 3-for-4 with 5 RBI, including a two-run homer to pace Santa Clara to a 14-9 victory in a non-conference game at Buck Shaw Stadium.

The win extends Santa Clara's win streak to 14 games and improves the Broncos record to 30-16. Cal drops to 17-35.

Former Cal hurler Ryan Bulich picked up the win for Santa Clara to improve to 2-1 on the season. The second of six SCU pitchers, Bulich scattered two hits over three innings of work. Jeff Frankel went 3-for-5 for Santa Clara.

Santa Clara trailed 5-3 heading into its half of the fourth inning. Mike Frank drew a walk with bases loaded to cut the lead to 5-4. With the bases still loaded, Okimoto drove in the tying and go ahead runs with a single to right, giving SCU a 6-5 lead. The Broncos added another run in the inning to lead 7-5.

Okimoto came up big again in the bottom of the sixth, crushing a two-run homer over the center field fence to extend the Bronco lead to 9-5.

Cal cut the lead to 9-8 in the top of the seventh, scoring three unearned runs. A bases loaded walk cut the lead to 9-6 and then Aaron Gordiner followed with a single up the middle to score to more runs to make the score 9-8.

In the bottom of the seventh, Santa Clara scored five unearned runs, two of the runs coming home on a bases loaded single by Bill Mott.

California     202 100 301  -  9  10  3
Santa Clara    120 402 50x  - 14  10  3
Ball, Vorhis (3), Nickle (6), Cuccias (7), Miller (8) and Hill
and Destanfano (7). Lanzetta, Bulich (2), Rice (5), Henley (7),
Battigin (7), McDonald (9) and Chiaffredo. WP - Bulich (2-1). LP
- Vorhis (3-4) HR - Okimoto (SCU).