Santa Clara Baseball Newsletter
May 23, 2013
Baseball Tops LMU on Final Day of Season


LMUIn the final game of the season, Santa Clara baseball beat LMU by a final score of 5-4. The Broncos end their season 14-39 overall and 1-23 in conference while the Lions are 24-28 and 12-12 in WCC action.


Powell Fansler (1-3, 4.66) started for Santa Clara and got a no-decision in 1.0 inning. Fansler allowed one run on one hit with two walks and one strikeout. Senior Chris Mendoza (3-2, 3.86) got the win in his final collegiate appearance with 5.0 innings out of the bullpen. Tommy Nance (3-4, 3.60) picked up his second save in his final appearance by throwing 1.2 shutout innings to close out the game. The offense was led by Zach Looney who was 2-4 with a walk, two stolen bases and three runs scored and Drew Ozanne who had a double and three RBI.


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Baseball Team Has Two Players Named to WCC All-Academic Team


Looney and SummerSanta Clara baseball had two players named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic team on Friday. Junior Zach Looney was honored for his 3.31 GPA in Civil Engineering while junior Peter Summerville was honorable mention.
"I am very proud of these two guys for getting it done in the classroom during a tremendously rigorous college baseball season," said Santa Clara head coach Dan O'Brien. "Sometimes these awards come and go without people truly understanding what an impressive accomplishment it is. I'm just very proud of the ball players in our program, especially those two."


Read the full release on Looney and Summerville...

Meet the Future of Bronco Baseball: Tyler Alev

taWith an eye to the future, Santa Clara baseball introduces Tyler Alev of Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson, Ariz.


"I chose Santa Clara for its Division I baseball opportunity and its unprecedented coaching staff," said Alev. "Their vision of what they want to build and how they want to build it was unlike any other coaching staff or school I had ever interacted with. It offers a great scholastic and athletic balance, which was of great importance to me in the recruiting process. It also has a great support base, which I know I will always be a part of."


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Santa Clara Head Coach Dan O'Brien Working to Build Baseball Program


Santa Clara head coach Dan O'Brien has high hopes for himself and the team's future as he finishes up the 2013 season this weekend and looks forward to his third year beginning. O'Brien and the Broncos are almost through their season, and although it has been a tough year, O'Brien is looking to end the season on a high note.
"It's been a tough season and it's certainly been challenging at times, but that is part of building a program," said O'Brien. "One of my favorite quotes is, 'Without struggle, there is no progress' by Fredrick Douglas. Nobody wants to say it or talk about it, but this window is helping us grow as individuals and a program. We will look back at these years as our most important in terms of growth. So while I'm hopeful that our season ends well, I'm more focused on the lessons that can be learned, the growth that can be made, so that we can continue to build something special here at Santa Clara. " 


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Check out the Bronco Baseball Alumni Network

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Check out the new Bronco Baseball Alumni Network! The network helps to connect our former players and allows our current Broncos to explore professional opportunities and post graduate areas of employment. 


Because the Alumni Network has phone numbers and email addresses of former players, it is password protected. If you are a Bronco Alumni and wish to view the network or update your info, please contact Ben Campopiano, Director of Baseball Operations at


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Mendoza Finishes Up His Bronco Career
By James Slattery ('15)

Chris Mendoza (CM), a senior from San Jose, Calif., has had a very solid career as a pitcher for the baseball team. Mendoza had his best season this spring, earning WCC Pitcher of the Week honors in the first week of May. He had the most experience of any of the pitchers on the Broncos' roster.
Mendoza pitched the Broncos to victory in their final game of the year on May 20, picking up a 5-4 victory at LMU.  Mendoza (3-2, 3.86) got the win in his final collegiate appearance with 5.0 innings out of the bullpen. (SCB) sat down with Mendoza to reflect his Bronco career.
SCB: How has it been working with the freshmen pitchers on your team? How has that given you the opportunity to be a leader on the team?  
CM: It has been awesome working with the freshmen pitchers. They are all great guys both on and off of the field. I try to do my best to make them feel as comfortable as possible because I remember being a freshman and being really nervous. It was my goal and a team goal to make them feel like a true part of the team right away. I did my best to lead by example and show them the right way to do things rather than tell them 


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