Santa Clara Baseball Newsletter
June 12, 2012
2012 Seniors
Broncos Conclude Solid Start to New Era

Transitioning into a new era that has the campus buzzing, the Santa Clara baseball team wrapped-up its first season under head coach Dan O'Brien on May 27 vs. LMU. The Broncos finished 2012 26-28, the most wins for the program since 2008.
The team began the season red-hot, winning its first five games and 13 of its first 16. Santa Clara took down an impressive list of teams that included then-No. 35 Texas State and then-No. 37 Wichita State on the season's opening weekend, as well as Cal Poly twice. Overall, the Broncos took down eight teams with a winning record, including 2011 College World Series darling Cal.
"It was an incredible experience and a really good foundational year for what we're trying to build," said O'Brien. "A lot of people will look at the win-loss column and judge the year on that but there are so many other things that we focused on to not only win more ballgames in the future but to create a really well-rounded baseball program. It takes a lot to build sustained success so in year one we had some big wins and some guys have big years. It was a good start for where we are looking to go with the program."
Two Broncos Taken in 2012 MLB Draft

On an exciting day for Bronco athletics, Santa Clara had two outfielders drafted in 2012 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft on Wednesday. Lucas Herbst was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles with the fourth pick in the 26th round and Pat Stoverwas selected with the 18th pick in the 40th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"The Orioles are a smart and lucky organization to have drafted such an outstanding person and ballplayer," said Santa Clara head coach Dan O'Brien. "Lucas has been a professional all year and this is his time. He's going to be a great ballplayer at the next level. We want to help prepare our ballplayers for this opportunity and it feels great to see such a promising person and player get such a great opportunity."

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Lucas Herbst Talks About Being Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles
Lucas Herbst Talks About Being Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles


 Bronco Baseball Academy Hosting Summer Camps

"We feel that to be successful you must develop the individual as well as the athlete. The Bronco Baseball Academy is about teaching young players the way the game should be played, while emphasizing the life skills they will learn in the process."
Dan O'Brien
Head Baseball Coach
Santa Clara University


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I get to see a lot of baseball.  When I say a lot, I really mean it.  The bulk of my time during the summer is spent watching kids do their best to impress college coaches and professional scouts.  I have worked my way across the country, having coached at Holy Cross in Worcester, MA,  Northwestern in Evanston, IL, and now here at Santa Clara, and all along the way I have been watching baseball.  It borders on a sickness - when I am bored, I turn on a Major League game.  I have been to almost every state (minus Alaska) and most Canadian Provinces to play, recruit, instruct, and simply watch guys play this beautiful game.  What continues to amaze me is that I still find so much beauty and mystery in this game...