March 6, 2002
Santa Clara vs. Hawaii-Hilo
The Broncos and Vulcans will meet in a four-game series beginning this Friday night at 6 p.m. in Hilo, Hawaii. Game two will take place Saturday at Noon in Hilo, while Sunday's double-header will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The first game of the double-header on Sunday will be a seven-inning contest, with the second game gong a full nine innings.
Sizing Up the Vulcans
Hawaii-Hilo enters the weekend series with Santa Clara well-rested and having a 3-22-1 overall record. The last game that the Vulcans played was on February 17 when they picked up their third win of the season with a 8-2 victory over Pepperdine. Two of Hawaii-Hilo's three wins this season have come over the Waves, with the third coming against San Diego State on January 31. As a team the Vulcans have a .234 batting average and a 7.00 ERA. Kaliko Oligo is the offensive leader for UHH, having started 25 of the 26 games in which he has appeared in, batting .337 over that span with a double, triple and seven runs batted in. Darren Chu holds the team lead in RBI with 13 while also holding the team lead in doubles with seven. Daniel Lockett and Jason Castro have posted the wins for the Vulcan pitching staff. Lockett is 1-0 with a 3.26 ERA in two starts and five total appearances. Castro is 2-3 with a 6.11 ERA in four starts and seven total appearances.
Aloha Means Hello...and Goodbye
The Broncos will say aloha to their season-long eight game road trip following the four-game set with Hawaii-Hilo Sunday afternoon and say Aloha to the West Coast Conference season the following weekend. Santa Clara will begin its WCC season Friday, March 15, at 6 p.m. when they host Saint Mary's in the first of a three-game set. The Broncos will only play four more contests outside of the WCC this season, each of which will take place on a Tuesday following a WCC weekend series.
40th Anniversary of Santa Clara at the College World Series
40 years ago the Santa Clara University Broncos made it to within one win of winning the baseball national championship. That team went 39-8 and lost to the University of Michigan by a score of 5-4 in 15 innings at the College World Series final. The Broncos lost to Florida State by a score of 5-1 to open up the CWS, but bounced back with wins over Missouri and Holy Cross before having to face the Seminoles for a second time. Santa Clara came away with a 11-6 victory over Florida State in their second meeting and efeated Texas by a score of 4-3 to advance to the Championship game for the only time in school history.
As a team the '62 Broncos batted .287 while limiting their opponents to a .200 average. John Boccabella and Ernie Fazio combined for two of the greatest offensive seasons in Santa Clara history, as they combined for a .357 average with 25 home runs, 31 doubles, 12 triples and 125 runs batted in. The Bronco pitching staff also posted a memorable year, recording a 2.38 team ERA, led by Bob Garibaldi who went 10-3 on the year with a 1.86 ERA, 168 strikeouts and limiting opposing batters to a .150 batting average.
Truly the 1962 Broncos were a memorable team that started the momentum for a great history of baseball on the Mission Campus.
After spending the last two years in the West Division of the WCC, Santa Clara is now part of the Coast Division along with Gonzaga, Pepperdine and Saint Mary's. Loyola Marymount, Portland, San Diego and San Francisco make up the West Division for 2002. The team from each division with the highest winning percentage at the end of the regular season will meet in a three-game series to determine the WCC Champion for 2002. The winner of the series will get the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Playoffs. The Broncos have won eight previous WCC titles, with the last one coming in 1997 in head coach John Oldham's last season at the helm of the program. That year the Broncos made it into the NCAA Regional where they were ousted after dropping back-to-back games to Stanford and Fresno State.