Baseball Loses 3-1 to Wake Forest in Series Finale

Baseball Loses 3-1 to Wake Forest in Series Finale
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara baseball lost 3-1 to Wake Forest in the series finale on Sunday, unable to generate much offense against Demon Deacon starter Colin Peluse.  
 
The right-handed Peluse pitched eight shutout innings scattering three hits and two walks before exiting with 108 pitches.  Rayne Supple came in the ninth inning to close out the game but not before Bronco third baseman John Cresto hit a solo home run to break the Wake Forest shutout bid.  
 
For Cresto, it was the third consecutive game with a home run and fourth overall on the season.  
 
Senior Joe Becht had two of the four hits for the Broncos (4-3) including a leadoff triple in the bottom of the sixth.  Down 2-0 in the game, Becht sent the ball to straight center for his first triple of the season.  However, the Broncos could not cash in on the opportunity stranding him at third.  
 
Wake Forest (3-5) scored in the third inning against Bronco starter Luke Martin-Resnick on Jake Mueller's RBI single.  It scored Cole McNamee who reached base on a Cresto error.  
 
Mueller led off the fifth with a single and came home on a Shane Muntz single for the second Deacs run of the game against Bronco reliever Michael Praszker.  
 
Wake Forest added an insurance run in the ninth, taking a 3-0 lead to the bottom half of the inning before Cresto's homerun.
 
The Broncos sent seven pitchers to the mound including three freshmen.  It held the Wake Forest offense to two earned runs while issuing four walks and lowering the staff ERA to 3.31 on the season.
 
Freshmen Kent Morrison and Eric Madrid made their Bronco debuts in the seventh and ninth innings, respectively.
 
Santa Clara continues its homestand on Tuesday, taking on Nevada from the Mountain West conference.   First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT.
 
Tickets: Season or single-game tickets are available. Click here to purchase online or contact the ticket office in Leavey Center weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (408) 554-4660 or BroncoTickets@scu.edu. Group discounts are also available through our ticket office sales and service consultants. Gates to Stephen Schott Stadium, as well as its ticket booth, are open one hour prior to the start of the game.
 
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