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November 22, 2013


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Baseball's 2014-15 Incoming Class Ranked 64th by Perfect Game USA

Perfect Game USA, the biggest scouting and recruiting entity in baseball, recently revealed its incoming class of 2014-15 College Recruit Rankings, and has ranked Santa Clara's class 64th of 296 NCAA Division I teams


The group of 12 soon-to-be Broncos is the highest-rated SCU class since Perfect Game began ranking recruiting classes in 2011. It is also the third recruiting class under current head coach Dan O'Brien.


"We still have a lot of work to do but we should all be proud and excited to receive this recognition," said, O'Brien. "That said, while we're all involved in recruiting, Coaches Ribas and Beauregard deserve the bulk of the credit for this class. They've made a lot of sacrifices for this program as of late and their hard work has certainly paid off."


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Meet the Future of Bronco Baseball: Alex Barden

Santa Clara baseball is working for the long-term future by receiving National Letters of Intent from current high school players due to join the Broncos in the 2014-15 season. Beginning today, the Broncos will announce one player per week to highlight the future of the baseball program.


The first of these players is 6-foot-5, left-handed pitcher Alex Barden from San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, Calif., about 45 minutes north of the Mission Campus.


"The hands-on coaching style of the baseball program, combined with the strength of the West Coast Conference, were major factors in choosing Santa Clara," Barden said.


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Santa Clara Baseball Announces 2014 Schedule
Santa Clara baseball released its 2014 schedule Thursday. The Broncos begin their 2014 campaign at home on Fri., Feb. 14 against Nevada-Reno. Following a home-opening stretch of five games in five days against Nevada-Reno, Boston College and Cal Poly, the team hits the road for a four-game tournament at Texas-San Antonio Feb. 20-23 and a four-game tournament Feb. 27-Mar. 2 in Surprise, Ariz. at the Spring Training home of the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers.


The non-conference slate includes home and away matchups with Nevada-Reno, Cal Poly, San Jose State and Stanford. Cal Poly and Santa Clara's March 25-26 opponent, San Diego State, each competed against last year's national champion UCLA in the road to the College World Series.


"This is the toughest schedule this program has played in years, and that's by design," head coach Dan O'Brien said. "Playing the best is the only true way to elevate the mindset and the level of play needed to build a championship program."


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Annual Bronco Baseball Kick-Off Weekend Set for February 7-8, 2014
anthemThe annual Bronco Baseball Kick-Off Weekend is set for February 7-8, 2014. The weekend events help launch the Santa Clara baseball program into its 2014 season.
Every year the Kick-Off Weekend is focused around the Alumni Game, which pits former Bronco players against the current team. In past years, other events during the weekend have included a golf tournament at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club, a bocce ball tournament at Campo di Bocce, a pancake breakfast on the Mission Campus, and a pre-season banquet at the home of Kevin Walters.

Family, friends, and fans can expect a similar experience in 2014 and should save the date so they don't miss this great opportunity to meet and support the Bronco Baseball team. Invitations and more details will be released soon.
Getting to Know Senior Zach Looney
Why did you choose Santa Clara? It has always excited me to be part of the team that brings this historic program back to where is has been in the past. Santa Clara has an amazing history and I want to be part of the process of getting back to that point.


What draws you to baseball?  What is special about the college game? Baseball is not only a very demanding game in terms of physical skill, but it challenges you as a whole person. Baseball shows how you respond to adversity and I've always been fascinated with that aspect. I have always been drawn to the fact that winning requires a team effort. The college game is so special to me because it truly is about the team and playing baseball the right way.

Bronco Baseball Fall Classic Pictures


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