Santa Clara Baseball Newsletter
February / 27 / 2014
This Week's Games at College Baseball Classic in Surprise, Arizona

Thursday, February 27

vs Arizona State (3:00pm PST)


Friday, February 28

vs University of Oklahoma (3:00pm PST)

Saturday, March 1

Oklahoma State (3:00pm PST)

Sunday, March 2

vs Manhattan College (10:00am PST)


Baseball Takes Four-Game Winning Streak to Arizona

Santa Clara baseball will head out of California for the second straight weekend as it travels to Surprize, Ariz. for the Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic.

The Broncos take a four-game winning streak into matchups against Arizona State Feb. 27 at 3 p.m., Oklahoma Feb. 28 at 3 p.m., Oklahoma State March 1 at 3 p.m. and Manhattan March 2 at 10 a.m. (all times Pacific). The first three opponents each made it to the postseason in 2013 and picked up at least a pair of wins in the road to the College World Series.


The Broncos recorded a season-high three game-winning streak once last season, and have an overall best five-game winning streak in Dan O'Brien's two plus seasons as head coach. Santa Clara reached the five consecutive win plateau twice in the first 20 days of the 2012 season. 


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Broncos win Irish Baseball Classic
with Victory over Notre Dame

In the championship game of the Irish Baseball Classic Sunday, the Santa Clara Broncos overcame an early four-run deficit to defeat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 8-7 at Nelson Wolff Stadium in San Antonio, Texas.

The Broncos are now 5-4 on the season on the strength of four wins in a row, and the Fighting Irish are 3-4. Santa Clara returns to the diamond next Thursday, Feb. 27, for the first game of the Spring Training Classic against the Arizona State Sun Devils in Surprise, Ari z.

"This was a true team win," head coach Dan O'Brien said. "We made a lot of mistakes today, but guys picked each other up all day long. That says a lot about this ballclub."


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Greg Harisis Named WCC Rawlings Player of the Week


The West Coast Conference announced its weekly baseball honors Monday, and Santa Clara's Greg Harisis has been named WCC Rawlings Baseball Player of the Week for Feb. 24, 2014.


During the week of Feb. 17-23, the senior infielder/outfielder from Yorba Linda, Calif. earned Irish Baseball Classic MVP honors with a stat line of 9-for-19 with three RBIs, seven runs scored, two doubles, one home run and an outfield assist as the Broncos went 4-0.


"More than anything, it just means to me that I did my job for our team as the leadoff man to set the table and help our team put runs on the board and get four road wins this weekend," Harisis said.


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Broncos Working to help Cure Kids' Cancer  


On Thursday, March 6th, the Santa Clara Baseball team will be shaving their heads after raising funds for childhood cancer. The funds will benefit both national childhood cancer research and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.


Last year, the team was able to directly help children at the Bone Marrow Transplant clinic in Packard Children's, where the funds they raised provided toys for kids undergoing day-long cancer treatments.


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Chris Heckert is Mentally Prepared for Season


Redshirt junior pitcher Chris Heckert explains the importance of the mental aspects of the game and how Bronco baseball has applied them to this season. Heckert also reminisces on his times as a Bronco and shares one of his favorite memories from Santa Clara baseball.


SCB: With the season just starting, how have you prepared yourself up to this point?


CH: We've spent a lot of time the last few months going over the mental aspects of the game, one of which being reacting to adversity. Coach O'Brien has stressed the importance of reacting positively when things don't go our way. This is one aspect of baseball that I've been striving for leading up to the season.


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Meet the Future of Bronco Baseball: Grant Meylan


Today, Bronco baseball announces the eighth member of its incoming class of freshman for 2014-15, Grant Meylan. The outfielder currently attends Clayton Valley Charter High School in Concord, Calif., about one hour north of the Mission Campus.


"I fell in love with the campus as soon as I walked on, and the baseball field is amazing," Meylan said. "The coaches were incredibly nice and I'm excited to work as hard as I can for them..."


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