Posted: Mar 07, 2020
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – In a game that endured two rain delays, Santa Clara baseball came up on top 10-3 over CSU Bakersfield to take the second game of the series on Saturday afternoon at Stephen Schott Stadium.
Connor Henriques drove in a career-high four runs and Brandon Buckley threw five innings in relief after the delay to pick up the win for the Broncos (11-5) who have now won the first two games of the series.
The scheduled second game of the doubleheader was rained out.
Santa Clara (11-5) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third inning when the first delay hit but that lasted just nine minutes. The Broncos added three more runs in the inning before the game was held up for an hour 40 minutes.
The Broncos got the early lead taking advantage of Roadrunner (5-8) fielding miscues and free passes issued by the pitching staff.
In the second inning, an error by starting pitcher Ethan Skuija (2-1) led to three unearned runs including RBIs by Henriques and Coleman Brigman. Skuija walked four batters in the third frame as each came around to score with a key two-RBI single from Dawson Brigman, before bowing out of the game and took the loss.
Broncos starter Cole Kitchen threw three scoreless innings and was replaced by Buckley after the lengthy delay. Buckley allowed two runs over five innings on Daniel Carrizosa's single with the bases loaded in the sixth. Reelfs pitched the ninth inning for the Broncos.
Henriques had a two-RBI single in the eighth as part of a three run inning to help Santa Clara score double-digit runs for the second time in as many games.
Dawson Brigman and Carrizosa each went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Tony Boetto scored three runs for the Broncos.
Santa Clara and CSU Bakersfield conclude the series on Sunday. First pitch at noon.