“I felt pretty good, we don’t really need it, we got a good bullpen, pass the baton and let the next guy do his job,” said Matt Mercer Mercer on pitching more innings.
Gabe Matthews was also the story of the day as he went 4-for-4 and drove in three runs. Matthews hit his first career home run when he took Santa Clara pitcher Luke Martin-Resnick deep to right field for a solo shot. This was a huge production coming from the freshman.
“I was seeing it (the ball)," commented Matthews. "It was a good day for me obviously,”
Kyle Kasser got the offense going for the Ducks with a leadoff single in the bottom of the first and then Morgan McCullough followed that up with a RBI double.
Matthew Dyer who went 2-for-2, with a walk, hit an RBI triple to deep center late in the bottom of the eighth inning off of Bryson Spagnuolo putting the Ducks up 9-0. Braden Stutzman tallied the tenth run of the game when he hit a sac fly to center field which would score Dyer from third.
For Santa Clara things, didn’t go according to plan as starter Grant Nechak (1-3, 6.75 ERA) only lasted three and two-thirds innings, giving up five earned runs and walking three batters on 60 pitches.
The Broncos didn’t get their first hit until the fourth inning when Andre Nnebe hit a single to center field but would later be picked off at first base.
Santa Clara's bullpen tried its best to keep the Ducks in reach but just couldn’t close the door as they gave up five runs in three and a third innings.
Tomorrow, the Ducks (10-4) send LHP Cole Stringer (1-0, 3.31 ERA) to the mound against the Broncos (3-11) RHP Michael Bono (0-1, 6.43 ERA) in the final game of the home of the home stand starting at 12 noon.