Santa Clara Baseball Newsletter
March 20, 2013

  • Saturday, March 23 - Game #1: @ Pepperdine (11:00am at Eddy D. Field Stadium)
  • Saturday, March 23 - Game #2: @ Pepperdine (2:30pm at Eddy D. Field Stadium)
  • Sunday, March 24: @ Pepperdine (1:00pm at Eddy D. Field Stadium)
Baseball Heads to Pepperdine to Open Conference Play
Junior Catcher Peter Summerville
Opening up West Coast Conference play, Santa Clara baseball hits the road and travels outside the Bay Area for the first time this season when it visits Pepperdine in Malibu, Calif. The Broncos and Waves will play a double header on Saturday with the first game starting at 11 a.m. Sunday the teams will wrap-up the series with a 1 p.m. game.


Last week Santa Clara fell to Cal 3-1 on March 12 before being swept by Michigan State. The loses put the Broncos at 8-12 on the season.


"We're excited to get through finals, get healthier and get back to our core vales as a team and a program," said Santa Clara head coach Dan O'Brien. "I love baseball but it can gut punch you in a hurry and we've taken a few good ones lately. I'm looking forward to watching these guys respond to that and show us some toughness coming out of the break. We have a lot of good baseball left in us with a lot of the season to go. It would be a mistake to rule us out this early."


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Broncos Fall to Local Rival California 3-1
Senior Infielder Justin Viele
The Broncos bullpen tossed 5 1/3 shutout innings but a three run fourth inning off of Bronco starter Reece Karalus was enough to lift Cal to 3-1 win over Santa Clara on Tuesday night at Stephen Schott Stadium. The Broncos dropped to 8-9 on the year while Cal won its fifth straight game and improved to 10-7.
Karalus (0-4) took the loss for SCU allowing three runs, two earned, in 3.2 innings with a walk and a strikeout. The Broncos bullpen tossed 5.1 shutout innings allowing just three hits.
The Broncos managed just five hits against five Cal hurlers. Ryan Wertenberger (1-1) got the win while allowing one hit in 1.1 innings. Michael Lowden earned his second save pitching a scoreless ninth. For a full recap of the game, please click below:
Bronco Baseball Swept by Michigan State University

Senior RHP Chris Mendoza
In the last series before West Coast Conference play, Santa Clara baseball was swept by Michigan State University. With the three losses the Broncos are now 8-12 on the season while the Spartans move to 9-7.
Senior RHP Chris Mendoza (2-1, 4.26) pitched 5.0-plus innings of one-run relief during the second game of the doubleheader to help save the Broncos' bullpen for the final game of the series. For recaps, box scores, and interviews from the series, click below:
Tommy Nance and His Love for the Broncos
By Tomomi Menjo ('13)
Senior RHP Tommy Nance

The Broncos baseball team has seven seniors that are playing hard for their last season on the SCU campus. One of the seniors, Tommy Nance, joined the Broncos as a transfer last season and is looking forward to having a great last season. Nance picked up the win in Sata Clara's 12-3 win against San Diego State University last week

Nance (TN) shared with (SCB) what his experiences been like as a Bronco, his love for SCU and asked the community to come and support the team, as they play hard on the field. Even though he was only a Bronco for two seasons, Nance has a strong connection with the team and sends a great message to the future Broncos.

SCB: You transferred to SCU last year. What has your experiences been like since then?

TN: Since transferring to SCU one word to describe the experience would be happiness. This program has rekindled the love I have for the game of baseball. For a little while there I thought about giving up baseball but with the combination of my Junior College experience and then here at Santa Clara, I would have regretted that decision for the rest of my life.

The things that I have learned while being in this program are life-changing. Learning to find myself, find out who I really am, sitting in long meetings about how to better myself as a human being, you kidding? I would have never guessed that a baseball program would teach me all these things and the best part is that by developing these tools and learning these values about how to go about my business in life make me a better baseball player. As much as I miss my home back in Long Beach, I can't help but feel a huge sense of homeliness up here and for that I am forever thankful.


College Baseball Top 25 Tracker
March 18, 2013
    Baseball America

Preseason No. 1 North Carolina continued its run atop the Baseball America College Top 25 rankings with an ACC series win against Miami.

The top half of the rankings stood pat as the top 12 teams from last week all won their weekend series. Southeastern Conference play opened last week and was highlighted by a pair of series between ranked teams. No. 6 Mississippi went on the road and knocked off Arkansas, which fell from No. 15 to No. 21, while No. 7 Louisiana State won a series at Mississippi State, dropping the Bulldogs six spots to No. 19....


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