Cord Cockrell was tabbed with the loss for the Cajuns (1-1) after surrendering five runs (two earned) on one hit in 1.0 inning of work.
Jordan Nicholson had a quality start for UL limiting the Broncos (3-0) to just two runs on four hits with six strikeouts in 6.0 innings.
Paul Twining picked up the win for Santa Clara to move to 1-0 on the year.
Offensively, Dominick Francia and Chase Compton each had three hits for the Cajuns, while Ryan Leonards had a game-high two RBI after going 2-for-5 at the plate.
The Cajuns grabbed a 1-0 advantage in the top of the first on an RBI single by Compton.
The Broncos evened the game at 1-all in the bottom of the third after back-to-back doubles by Evan Peters and Lucas Herbst. Santa Clara went on to take a 2-1 lead in the next at-bat as Stephen Takahashi dumped a single into right scoring Herbst from second.
In the top of the sixth, UL pulled back even after double to right center by Francia and a RBI single to left center by Leonards.
The Cajuns went back in front in the top of the eighth scoring three runs on two hits and a Broncos error to take a 5-2 lead. Daniel Nichols drew a walk with one out, and then moved to third Jace Conrad single. In the next at-bat, Brian Bowman laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to score Nichols and would reach third after an errant throw by the Santa Clara catcher. Conrad came around to score on the throwing error. Leonards capped the scoring for the Cajuns driving in Bowman on a single through the right side of the infield.
Santa Clara regained the lead in the bottom half of the eighth after plating six runs on two hits and two Cajuns errors to take an 8-5 edge. A RBI single by Pat Stover highlighted the scoring for Santa Clara.
Chris Mendoza came in and closed out the contest for the Broncos to pick up his first save of the season.
The Cajuns close out the CenturyLink Bobcat Invitational on Monday at 2 p.m. when they face host Texas State.
-- Ragin' Cajuns --
Baseball Falls to Santa Clara, 8-5
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