Posted: Feb 23, 2020
ATHENS, Ga. – Santa Clara baseball scored two runs in each of the final three innings topped by Connor Henriques' go-ahead, two-run home run in the eighth to rally past fifth-ranked Georgia 8-4 in Sunday's series finale.
Santa Clara's (6-3) win helped salvage the four-game series and snap Georgia's (7-1) seven-game win streak to start the season.
The game was all knotted at 4-all in the eighth when Matt Jew drew a leadoff walk against Georgia reliever Darry Pasqua and Henriques followed with his first home run of the season, sending it over the left field wall for the go-ahead runs.
For Jew, it was one of four times he reached base in the game (three walks, one hit by pitch) as he also walked in the ninth to help the Broncos add two insurance runs on RBIs by Ryan McCarthy and Dawson Brigman to make it a 8-4 ballgame.
Trailing 4-2, Ethan Heinrich (1-0) came in relief in the fifth and tossed a career-high 4 2/3 scoreless innings to earn the win. Heinrich looked to close out the game in the ninth getting two quick outs but issued a walk to Cam Shepherd and hit Tucker Bradley to prompt a pitching change.
With runners at first and second and two outs, Santa Clara head coach Rusty Filter brought in the sixth pitcher of the game in Alex Tisminezky who struck out Garrett Blaylock to pick up the save.
After scoring a pair of runs in the opening frame on Jason Dicochea's RBI double and an error by the Bulldogs starter C.J. Smith in a failed pickoff attempt, the Broncos could not get a run across until the seventh and fell behind 4-2. Georgia got the leadoff hitter on base in each of the first four innings and capitalized in three of them. Ben Anderson broke the 2-all with a two-run double against freshman hurler August Souza in the fourth.
The Broncos tied it up in the seventh when Coleman Brigman led the inning off with a walk and Dicochea followed with a single to put the runners at the corners. Coleman Brigman scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to 4-3 and Tony Boetto came through with an RBI single to tie it at 4-all.
Dicochea went 3-for-4 and Anderson went 2-for-4 in the game. Pasqua (0-1) was saddled with the loss.
-Freshman Cole Kitchen made his first career start on the bump.
-Ethan Heinrich threw a career-high 4.2 innings. His previous high was 3.0 innings against Portland (April 27, 2019).
-Alex Tisminezky picked up his first career save.
The Broncos face Sacramento State in another four-game road series starting on Thursday. First pitch at 5 p.m.