Santa Clara Baseball Newsletter
May 22, 2012
Broncos Final Four Home Games
  • Tonight: Stanford (6:00pm Schott Stadium)
  • Friday, May 25: Loyola Marymount (6:00pm Schott Stadium)
    • "WCC Pitch-In" Equipment Drive
  • Saturday, May 26: Loyola Marymount (1:00pm Schott Stadium)
    • "WCC Pitch-In" Equipment Drive
    • Kid's Concourse Open
  • Sunday, May 27: Loyola Marymount (1:00pm Schott Stadium)
    • Senior Day
    • Youth Day: Wear Little League Jersey for Giveways; Run the bases and get autographs after the game
    • Kid's Concourse Open
    • "WCC Pitch-In" Equipment Drive
Santa Clara Offense Explodes for 14 Runs in Win at BYU
In an offensive shootout, Santa Clara baseball took the finale of a three-game series at BYU by a final of 14-10. The win puts the Broncos at 25-25 overall and 4-17 in WCC play while BYU moves to 21-25 with a conference record of 9-12. The win is the first road conference win of the year for the Broncos.

RHP Brock Simon (2-2; 4.97) picked up a no-decision in the start while tossing 5.1 innings. Simon allowed six runs on six hits and three walks with one strike out. RHP Paul Twining (6-6; 3.24) picked up the win in relief by pitching 3.1 innings and allowing one run. LF Pat Stover had a huge day at the plate, going 3-5 with two runs scored and four RBI.


Bronco Baseball Wraps Up 2012 Season Versus Stanford and LMU
Wrapping-up the first year under head coach Dan O'Brien, Santa Clara baseball looks to finish strong with a mid-week game vs. No. 14Stanford before senior weekend vs. LMU. Sunday's game will end the Bronco careers of 1B Andrew Biancardi, OF Lucas Herbst, INF Evan Peters, RHP James Smith and RHP Paul Twining.


The Broncos are 25-25 overall with a 4-17 mark in WCC play. Santa Clara won 8-5 at Pacific on May 15 before losing two of three at BYU in the program's first-ever trip to Provo. The Broncos won 14-10 in the series finale on May 19 behind the largest offensive outburst of the season.


Checking In with Sophomore Greg Harisis
harry (SCB) was able to catch up with sophomore, Greg Harisis
(GH), to talk about his experience as a student-athlete and how he plans to help the Broncos finish the season. 

SCB: As you near the end of your sophomore year, almost halfway finished with college, what have learned that has helped you as a student or an athlete?

GH: I've learned to stop taking myself so seriously, to keep thinks in perspective and to not be so hard on myself. Moving past my mistakes has helped me to stay more consistent as a person and an athlete.


O'Brien Wants Players and Fans to Rekindle a Love Affair with the Game
BY SAM SCOTT (Santa Clara Magazine)
 Old School
When Dan O'Brien took over the SCU baseball team last June from longtime skipper Mark O'Brien, players naturally looked for a way to distinguish one Coach O'Brien from the other. So the team jokingly dubbed the newcomer "OB2." But judging by Dan O'Brien's cerebral approach to coaching-and his early victories in the 2012 season-"Obi-Wan" might prove to be a better moniker.

Certainly O'Brien has a Jedi Master's belief that success comes from a force inside. His early focus has been on connecting with an ancient tradition and changing his players' attitudes, sometimes through ways that have no obvious connections to the game. How many other coaches would lead their players on an exercise talking to the grass to build a relationship with the field?


Read the entire article in the Santa Clara Magazine...  

Former Bronco Daniel Nava is Back in the Majors with the Boston Red Sox

BY JEFF GIRE (Santa Clara Magazine)


It's hard to imagine a better first impression than the one Daniel Nava made on June 12, 2010. Upon seeing the very first pitch of his Major League career, Nava blasted a grand slam in front of the Red Sox faithful in Boston.


It's equally difficult to think up a better story than the former Bronco who led the WCC in batting (.395) and on-base percentage (.494) after working his way up from SCU equipment manager to WCC star to Major Leaguer.


Read the entire article about Daniel Nava... 

MLB, NCAA Partnership Could Increase College Baseball Scholarships
BY ERIC OLSON (Associated Press Sports)
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Major League Baseball would fund scholarships and exert greater influence over Division I college baseball under what would be an unprecedented partnership with the NCAA. 


If an agreement is reached, it could lead other professional organizations to enter partnerships with the NCAA. The NCAA's point man in the talks, University of Hartford President Walter Harrison, said it could take a year or longer for an agreement to be reached because new or amended legislation might be required. 


"There is a lot for us to explore as an association," Harrison said. "The one principle we have is that we want to be completely true to the core values of amateur collegiate baseball... I want to be cautious about whether this will happen or not. These are concepts at the moment."


Click here to read the full article ... 

Bronco Baseball Academy Registering Youth Players for Summer Camps
Little Leaguer

The Bronco Baseball Academy, directed by Santa Clara Baseball Coach Dan O'Brien, is currently registering youth and high school players for their summer camps and showcases. 


"Our goal is to teach athletes to improve all aspects of their game - not just their physical skills," O'Brien said about the academy. "We stress the mental side of the game and help players develop habits off the field that will help them be better players and people." 


 Get more details about the Bronco Baseball Academy... 

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