The Santa Clara
May 17, 2018
Baseball Sweeps LMU in Last Home Series of the Season
SCU 4, LMU 3
SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—The Broncos hosted Loyola Marymount University last Friday for their final home series of the year. Santa Clara got off to an early 2-0 lead with junior John Cresto’s two-run homer, his tenth of the season.
Junior right fielder Matt Smithwick ended the game with a diving catch, allowing the Broncos to finish the game 4-3.
SCU 6, LMU 3
The Broncos were down 3-1 before the home half of the seventh inning. By the end of the inning, Santa Clara scored four runs. Four Bronco pitchers allowed only six hits from the LMU Lions.
Senior Nick Holm hit a home run in the eighth to seal the win for the Broncos. Santa Clara has now won three consecutive WCC series.
SCU 5, LMU 2
The Broncos swept the Lions on Sunday’s Senior Day in Stephen Schott Stadium. Coach Rusty Filter started the game with an all-senior lineup with Alex Barden on the mound. Barden pitched five innings, only allowing two hits and finishing with his first win. In a pregame ceremony 13 Bronco seniors were recognized, with their family and friends on the field.
Santa Clara will travel to Gonzaga for their final regular season series on Friday
Softball Wins Series Against Saint Mary’s on Senior Day
SCU 3, SMC 2
SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—Santa Clara had a walk-off win after nine innings on Friday night. The Broncos held onto a lead for most of the game until SMC scored in the seventh. Senior Ellie Fisher scored all three runs for the Broncos. Sophomore Aubree Kim pitched the entire game, allowing two runs.
SCU 5, SMC 3
In the final matchup of the season, the Broncos split the double header with SMC. The event started with a pregame senior ceremony honoring three seniors: Ellie Fisher, McCall James and Micaela Vierra. Santa Clara was trailing up until the sixth inning when they had five runs on five hits. Vierra took her final win, allowing three runs on five hits with four strikeouts and a walk.
SCU 7, SMC 8
Santa Clara scored seven runs in the first three innings but fell short of sweeping Saint Mary’s College in 13 innings. Freshman Samantha Johnson-Needham had a career-high four hits and a walk. Saint Mary’s tied the game 7-7 during the seventh before eventually scoring to end the game.
Track & Field Closes out Regular Season
PORTLAND, ORE.—Redshirt senior Joey Berriatua completed his regular season with his third Santa Clara record last Saturday. During the Portland Twilight meet, Berriatua finished the 5,000 meter in 14:13.33. He also competed in the 1,500 meter and the 3,000 meter steeplechase.
LOS ANGELES, CALIF.—A larger group of Broncos traveled to Los Angeles last weekend to compete in the Oxy Invitational. Seniors Will Burschinger, Brynn Sargent, Greer Chrisman, Allison Martinez and Hannah Wood finished their last meet for Santa Clara. Sophomore Jack Davidson also ended this year with two program records in the 3,000 and 5,000 meter races. On Saturday night, Berritua was awarded the Pat Malley Award for academic and athletic success after making a long-lasting impact on the Santa Clara Athletic Department. Wood won the Jim Shea Award for courageously leading the team through selfless actions and displaying leadership qualities in the Bronco community.
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