Santa Clara Baseball Newsletter
June 20, 2012
Bronco Baseball Concludes 2012 Season with Team Banquet at Schott Stadium
The Bronco Baseball program officially ended their 2012 season last week when they held their team banquet at Stephen Schott Stadium.

Players, coaches, family, and friends gathered to celebrate the season, honor the outgoing seniors (Andrew Biancardi, Lucas Herbst, Evan Peters, James Smith, and Paul Twining), and share some final memories before departing for the summer. 
Each player spoke about one of their fellow teammates, and the players voted to award the following Broncos for their efforts during the 2012 season:
  • Most Valuable Player: Greg Harisis
  • Offensive Player of the Year: Lucas Herbst
  • Most Inspirational Player: Zach Looney
  • RD Award (Most Improved Player): Greg Harisis
  • Most Valuable Pitcher: Tommy Nance
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Justin Viele
  • Rookie of the Year: T.J. Braff
  • Coaches Award (voted by the staff): Stephen Takahashi
  • Coaches Award (voted by the staff): Andrew Biancardi

Coach O'Brien told the team at the banquet, "You guys will never forget this season... the memories, friendships, and lessons learned will last a lifetime. And this team will never be forgotten for its efforts, accomplishments, and - most importantly - for how it started a new tradition for Bronco Baseball."



Senior Pitcher Paul Twining and Fellow SCU Athletes Say Thank You

Senior SurpriseA smile and a thank you goes a long way! In a surprise visit on Wednesday morning, senior pitcher Paul Twining and seven other Bronco student-athletes came to Santa Clara's monthly athletic department to do just that - thank the entire department for everything they did to help them throughout their careers on and off the fields and courts as they prepared to take final exams.


Each month Bronco Athletic Director Dan Coonan brings the entire department together for an hour meeting on Wednesday. The monthly meetings include updates from head coaches, administrators and also campus personnel.


Coonan saw the June meeting as a perfect opportunity to bring in a few of the Bronco seniors after he had senior exit meetings. "They talked a lot in the meetings about how much they appreciated everything we had done for them. They also talked about how this was such a family for them," said Coonan. "I thought it would be a great time to bring in the seniors the week of graduation to express their gratitude directly to the coaches and staff. We work to build a family atmosphere here at Santa Clara and it really shined through on Wednesday morning. It was a terrific moment and a few tears were shed by the student-athletes and Bronco staff as well."


Read the full article here...



2013 WCC Baseball Championship to Take Place at Banner Island Ballpark
banner island parkThe Stockton Ports, in cooperation with the Stockton Convention & Visitors Bureau, are excited to announce that Banner Island Ballpark will host the 2013 West Coast Conference Baseball Championship. The 2013 WCC Championship is set to take place at the ballpark from May 23-25, which will mark the first year the conference has gone to a four-team, neutral-site championship.

"This is a big move for the West Coast Conference and we're excited to be a part of it," Ports Director of Business Development Tim Pasisz said. "We're proud to announce that Banner Island Ballpark is the WCC Baseball Championship's new home."


Click here to read the full release and get more info about the 2013 WCC Championship...



Toughness Defined
CWSOmaha: Every June the eyes of the sports world turn their eyes to the most appropriate host of any major sporting event in America.


The toughness that emanates from every inch of architecture, people and history in this blue-collar railroad town is also at the core of every team fortunate enough to be playing in the College World Series.


While the term toughness is often tossed around in casual baseball conversation, it is rarely defined. Initially, The word sparks images of a lumberjack-looking man gripping an oversized bat with bulging forearms and tobacco spit dripping down a grizzled beard and staining a ragged uniform as he crushes another ball into the outfield light structures...


Read Coach Smith's full blog post at



Schott Stadium Getting New Outfield Grass and Foul Territory Field Turf
Stephen Schott Stadium, one of the best baseball facilities on the west coast, is receiving some upgrades this summer.
The seven year old stadium on the Mission Campus at Santa Clara University is getting new outfield grass and foul territory field turf. Work began on the project immediately after the season ended and should be completed by July 1.

The project includes stripping out the old outfield sod, regrading the outfield, and laying down new natural grass sod. The field turf located in foul territory around the infield was replaced with a new type of artificial field turf specially designed for baseball fields.

With the completion of this project, Schott Stadium will have an entirely new playing surface as the infield grass and dirt was replaced in early 2012. "Our University and Athletic Department have really stepped up to make this facility one of the best in the country," said Head Coach Dan O'Brien. "To have an entirely new playing surface going forward will be great for our players, opponents, fans, recruits, and coaches."

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