Santa Clara Baseball Newsletter
February 28, 2012
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Big Comeback Win for Broncos; Move to 6-2
The Santa Clara baseball team moved to 6-2
after winning the final game of their four-game home-opening series against the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Broncos, down by five in the sixth, scored seven runs in the bottom of the frame to take the lead. The game ended 12-7 after 7 innings because of a pre-arranged travel curfew set for 2.5 hours after the first pitch. The comeback win was a big victory for the SCU team playing its 8th game in 9 days.
Broncos Wrap Up Stretch of 8 Games in 9 Days
The Santa Clara baseball team finished up a tough stretch of their schedule on Sunday, finishing their 8th game in 9 days. The Broncos (6-2) began their season in San Marcos, Texas at the Bobcat Invitational where they won games against Texas State (4-3), Wichita State (5-3), and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (4-3) to take home the tourney championship.

After returning home from Texas, the Broncos traveled to San Luis Obispo where they beat Cal Poly (7-1) by a score of 5-2.

On Friday, the Broncos began their home opening weekend against the University of Illinois at Chicago (2-5), hosting the Flames and over 1,300 faithful fans at Stephen Schott Stadium. The Broncos split the series with a come-from-behind win in their 8th game in 9 days.
SCU Baseball Hosts Nevada in Midweek Game
The University of Nevada baseball team (5-2) fell 6-1 to Utah Valley University Sunday in the final game of a three-game series at Peccole Park.

Nevada's best chance to score runs came in the seventh inning, with the Wolf Pack unable to capitalize with runners on. Brett Jones led the inning off with a single to third. A throwing error by Jake Rickenbach put runners at second and third with no one out. Two batters later, Kewby Meyer drove Jones in with a base hit to center field to make the score 3-1 Utah Valley. Brooks Klein popped up to the shortstop for the second out and Joe Kohan fouled out to end the inning.

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On the Mound with Chris Mendoza
Junior Chris Mendoza had a stellar high school career in San Jose, establishing new school records in career wins, single-season wins, strikeouts innings pitched and ERA.  He was chosen as a 2009 ESPN Rise ALL-Bay Area honoree. During his freshman year at Santa Clara, the San Jose native made 16 appearances.  In his sophomore year he was named the WCC Pitcher of the Week in May. 

"As a team we are always looking to improve," said Mendoza.  "Our motto this year is Relentless Development (RD) and I think that's the biggest change we are making.  We have a relentless development to get better every day and go out and compete every day so that on the last day of the season we end with a dogpile."

Those who know me well will attest that very few topics get me going like baseball does.  I love everything about the sport, from its tradition to its quirks.  I'm fascinated with the nuances of the game, and I hold a particular affinity for both the infield fly rule and a well-turned double play.  As a former collegiate student-athlete, I fondly recall my experience as a four-year member of the baseball team at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.  As I reflect on my collegiate experience, I consider myself fortunate to have been a part of a program that respects baseball and that boasts a long tradition of excellence...

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