The Wolf Pack, which won its first two games of the season on Friday, lost to the Santa Clara Broncos 4-3 in 10 innings on Sunday to finish with a split in its four-game road trip at Santa Clara's Schott Stadium. The Pack beat Santa Clara and Boston College, both by 4-1 scores, on Friday and then proceeded to lose to Boston College on Saturday (7-3) and Santa Clara on Sunday.
The Broncos pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning against Pack reliever Adam Whitt. Whitt, in his third inning of work, hit Max Kuhns to start the inning. Kyle Czaplak then singled off Whitt to push the potential winning run to second with no outs. Whitt retired Greg Harisis on a fly out to right field for the first out but pinch-hitter C.J. Jacobe singled to left to drive in the winning run.
The Wolf Pack scored twice in the sixth to take a 3-2 lead for starting pitcher Trenton Brooks. Brooks, a 6-foot freshman left-hander, pitched five innings and allowed just four hits and two unearned runs while striking out two.
The two Pack runs in the sixth were compliments of a pair of Santa Clara errors. Ryan Teel opened the inning and got on base on an error. Teel was removed for pinch-runner Jeff Nellis and Nellis later scored as Kyle Hunt reached on an error. Scott Kaplan also singled in the inning, went to second on a wild pitch and scored when T.J. Freidl hit into a double play.
The Wolf Pack struggled on defense once again, committing three errors. The Pack made 12 errors in the four games.
Santa Clara tied the game at 3-3 with a run off Wolf Pack reliever Colby Blueberg in the sixth. That was the only run Blueberg allowed in two innings. Whitt pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth innings before suffering the loss in the 10th.
The Pack scored a run in the fifth to tie the game at 1-1. Austin Byler doubled in Kewby Meyer with the run with two outs. Meyer had singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch by Santa Cara starter Jacob Stefens.
Stefens allowed eight hits and three runs (one earned) in seven innings of work.
The Pack wasted a couple of scoring opportunities in the fourth and fifth innings. Meyer and Jordan Devencenzi singled to start the fourth off Stefens. Byler, though, then hit into a double play and Brad Gerig bounced out to short to end the inning.
Kaplan singled and Hunt reached on a walk with one out in the fifth. Freidl, though, then hit into an inning-ending double play.
The Wolf Pack will open a three-game Mountain West series at Fresno State on Friday.