Baseball Signs 10 Players to National Letters of Intent

Nov. 16, 2001

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University first-year head baseball coach Mark O'Brien announced the signing of 10 recruits to National Letters of Intent. David Hoffmire (Novato, Calif.), Michael Lange (West Covina, Calif.), Scott Lonergan (San Diego, Calif.), Jason Matteucci (San Jose, Calif.), Matthew McColgan (La Canada, Calif.), Eric Newton (SanJose, Calif.), Pat Overholt (Brighton, Utah), Mike Pierce (Clovis, Calif.), Andrew Slorp (San Jose, Calif.) and Michael Thompson (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) have all committed to play for the Santa Clara University beginning in the fall of 2002.

"I am extremely excited about these 10 young men who have committed to our program," said O'Brien. "We strongly believe that these players have the baseball skills and the kind of personal character that will fit in perfectly at Santa Clara. I believe they understand the rich and storied tradition of Bronco Baseball and share the vision of the current coaching staff. Our program will certainly benefit from these 10 outstanding players. I also believe they will benefit from what the school and the baseball program have to offer."

O'Brien takes over the reigns of a program that has a deep tradition of success and will look to continue that tradition with his new vision. O'Brien joined the Santa Clara family in June and completed his coaching staff shortly thereafter when he hired Scott Kidd, Tom Myers and Mike Oakland. The coaching staff quickly began the recruiting process and has signed one of the most talented classes in recent Bronco history.

O'Brien and his staff have put together one of the best recruiting classes in the nation. Four of the 10 players that signed with the Broncos were rated among the top-200 prospects by Team One Baseball and seven of the 10 are ranked in the top 100 in the state of California by Baseball America.

David Hoffmire is a 6-1, 190 pound infielder is from Marin Catholic High School in Novato, Calif. Hoffmire is ranked as the 84th best prospect in California by Baseball America after earning first-team All-Marin County and first-team All-MCAL his sophomore and junior seasons. As a junior he hit .489 with five home runs to lead Marin Catholic to the NCS Championship.

Michael Lange is a 5-11, 175 pound shortstop from Bishop Amat High School in West Covina, Calif. Lange is currently ranked as the 22nd best prospect in the state of California and the 123rd best prospect in the country by Baseball America. He led Bishop Amat to the Division 4 CIF championship and selection as the best team in the country by USA Today in 2001. He batted .420 with six home runs and 25 runs batted in en route to earning Del Rey League MVP honors and was a first-team All-CIF and San Gabriel selection.

Scott Lonergan is from Poway High School in San Diego, Calif. The 6-4, 190 pound right-handed pitcher is the 21st-ranked prospect in America by Area Codes and the 136th best prospect in the nation by Baseball America. He was named the San Diego Pepsi Player of the Year in addition to earning All- Palomar League honors. He was the team captain in additon to being Poway's team leader in wins, ERA and strikeouts.

Jason Matteucci is a 6-0, 175 pound outfielder and left-hander pitcher from nearby Bellarmine Prep in San Jose, Calif. He is ranked by Baseball America as the 96th best prospect in the state of California. Matteucci led Bellarmine to a third-place finish in the CCS Championships in 2001 with his .320 average, two home runs and 28 runs batted in. He also went 7-2 on the mound with a 3.09 ERA. He earned first team All-WCAL and second team All-CCS honors during his junior season.

Matthew McColgan in one of two catchers in this year's class, coming from St. Francis High School in La Canada, Calif. He is ranked by Baseball America as the 49th best prospect in the state of California and the 280th best prospect in the nation. McColgan has a solid catcher's frame, standing 6-2 and weighing in at 200 pounds.

Eric Newton joins the Broncos from Leland High School in San Jose, Calif. The 6-1, 175 pound infielder hit .400 last season with four home runs and 28 runs batted in. He participated on the Jr. Olympic team during the summer of 1998 and 1999 and earned the Bay Area Golden State Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors in 2001.

Pat Overholt is from Brighton High School in Sandy, Utah. Baseball America ranks Overholt as the No.2 prospect in the state of Utah and 181st in the nation. He is a three-year varsity starter and a two-time first team All-Region selection. Batted .426 with two home runs and 26 runs batted in as a junior. Went 2-1 on the mound with a 1.68 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 22 innings of work. Was selected as league MVP following his junior season and was a member of the Team One National Team.

Mike Pierce is a 6-1, 185 pound catcher out of Clovis High School in Clovis, Calif. He is rated as the 83rd best prospect in the state of California by Baseball America. Pierce played on the Giants Area Code Team and the Dodger Elite Team in the summer of 2001. He led Clovis High to the TRAC League Championship in 2001, batting .335 with two home runs and 30 runs batted in. He also threw out 10 of 13 would be base stealers.

Andrew Slorp will join high school teammate Jason Mattuecci from nearby Bellarmine Prep in San Jose, Calif. The 6-5, 200 pound right-handed pitcher is ranked as the 9th best prospect in the state of California by Baseball America, and the 57th best prospect in the Nation. He earned second team All-WCAL and All-CCS honors during his junior year. Was the winning pitcher of the WCAL Championship game as a sophomore versus Serra High School. Has a combined 13-2 record over his sophomore and junior seasons, and is a member of the Team One National and Area Codes Team.

Michael Thompson is from Villa Park High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Thompson is ranked by Team One Baseball as the 5th best prospect in the Western Region. He batted .420 last season with four home runs and 31 runs batted in, leading his team to a third place finish in the CIF Championships.