Posted: Feb 16, 2020
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Jake MacNichols homered twice as part of a 22-hit attack to power Santa Clara baseball past San Jose State 18-4 to claim a series sweep on Sunday afternoon at Stephen Schott Stadium.
For the second straight game, every Bronco hitter in the starting lineup collected a base hit with eight of them getting multiple hits. Connor Henriques and Austin Reyes paced the Broncos going 4-for-5 each while MacNichols went 3-for-5 with a career-high five RBIs.
MacNichols got the ball rolling for the Broncos offense with a two-run home run against SJSU starter Trevor Allen in the first inning to put the Broncos up 2-0.
After San José State (0-4) tied it up at 2-all in the top half of the second, the Broncos sent 10 batters to the plate, putting up seven runs in the home half of the inning to take a commanding 9-2 lead, knocking out Allen (0-1) who took the loss. Five of the eight hits in the inning went for extra bases including a two-run home run by Mike Bowes and RBI triples by Jason Dicochea and Ryan McCarthy.
Meanwhile, six Bronco pitchers held the Spartans to four hits with Alex Tisminezky (1-0) picking up the win after tossing two scoreless innings in the second and third frames.
The runs kept coming for Santa Clara (4-0). MacNichols' solo shot in the fourth made it 10-2 and the Broncos once again batted around the lineup in the sixth to put up four more runs, including a two-RBI single by MacNichols.
Reece Hernandez went 1-for-3 with two RBIs for San Jose State.
For the four game series, the Broncos hit .355 banging out 55 hits while the pitching staff held San Jose State to a .198 batting average while striking out 44 and walking just 11.
INTERVIEW/HIGHLIGHTS | Jake MacNichols postgame on the @WCCSports Network after a two-home run, five-RBI performance in today's 18-4 victory over San José State!#StampedeTogether #SCUBroncos pic.twitter.com/MCdg9WrR69— Santa Clara Baseball (@SCU_Baseball) February 17, 2020
-The last time the Broncos started the season 4-0 was in 2012 when they won the first five.
The Broncos host No. 17 ranked Stanford on Tuesday night at Schott Stadium. First pitch at 6 p.m.