Santa Clara Baseball Newsletter
March 12, 2013

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THIS WEEK'S GAMES:
  • Tuesday, March 12:  vs Cal (6:10pm at Schott Stadium)
  • Friday, March 15:  vs Michigan State University (6:00pm at Schott Stadium)
  • Saturday, March 16 - Game #1:  vs MSU (1:00pm at Schott Stadium)
  • Saturday, March 16 - Game #2:  vs MSU (4:30pm at Schott Stadium)
Bronco Baseball Falls to No. 14 Stanford 

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Junior LHP Max Deering 
Playing its first ranked opponent of the season with the wind howling through Schott Stadium, Santa Clara baseball lost 6-3 Tuesday night to No. 14 Stanford.

"We definitely competed throughout the whole game," said Bronco head coach Dan O'Brien. "As proud as I am of them for doing that, we still didn't play Bronco baseball, good solid baseball. We essentially gave them enough runs to win the game." 

 

For the full game recap and box score, click below: 

Santa Clara wins Weekend Series versus San Jose State

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Senior RHP Tommy Nance 
In a three game weekend series versus local rival San Jose State University, the Broncos took 2 of 3 from the Spartans.
  
Tommy Nance (2-1, 1.29) was brilliant in the Sunday game for the Broncos. He picked up the win while throwing 8.0-plus innings of one-run ball, on one hit with two walks and seven strikeouts. At one point, Nance retired 15 straight Spartans. For full recaps and box scores from the series, please click below: 
Baseball Welcomes Cal, Michigan State to Schott Stadium
 
The Broncos host local rival Cal and Michigan State University this week 
After winning its third series of the season, Santa Clara baseball returns to the field for a mid-week game on Tuesday vs. PAC-12 opponent Cal before welcoming Michigan State to the Mission campus. The Broncos and Spartans will play one game Fri., March 15 and a double-header on Sat., March 16.

 

Santa Clara is 91-127-6 all-time vs. Cal. Last year, the Santa Clara beat the Bears 8-5 at home behind three RBI from Matt Ozanne and fell 4-0 on the road. The Broncos beat Michigan State in the only other match up between the two schools back in 2000.

 

"When our guys come ready to play and we compete for nine innings, we're a solid ball club," said Santa Clara head coach Dan O'Brien. "Offensively, we're dealing with some early season injuries and adversity but I've been impressed with how our club has picked up our offense, especially our pitching staff."

  
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Points of Impact
By Ryan Leake 
www.RDbaseball.org 
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About a week ago I was hitting fungos during batting practice (BP) and casually carrying on a conversation with Jose Vizcaino Jr. when he posed a very pointed question.

 

"What do you think is our team's biggest weakness?"  The little (actually big, he's like 6'3") bugger caught me flat-footed and nearly knocked me over with sincerity.  Usually once practice reaches BP players abandon critical thought and default to a more autonomous state of mind: see ball, hit ball.  Jose has been on the DL recently and wasn't taking part in BP but decided to catch return throws from infielders for me.  Apparently he had forgotten to turn off his active mind.  I felt like Rocky Balboa after his first round with Ivan Drago.  I was stunned because no one expects to have to think while hitting fungos.  Toss the ball.  Grab the fungo.  Hit the ball.  Spit.  Scratch.  Repeat...

 

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