Baseball Hosts Four Games in Five Days
Feb. 15, 2005
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -
Santa Clara (5-3) vs. Sacramento State (2-4)
Game #10 Wed., Feb. 16 Buck Shaw Stadium - Santa Clara, Calif. 3 p.m.
Probable Pitching Matchup
2/16 - Santa Clara - RHP Chris Stansbury - So. (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Sacramento St. - RHP Travis Kane - Jr. (0-1, 2.25 ERA)
Santa Clara (5-3) vs. Washington (0-3)
Game #11 Fri., Feb. 18 Buck Shaw Stadium - Santa Clara, Calif. 6 p.m.
Game #12 Sat., Feb. 19 Buck Shaw Stadium - Santa Clara, Calif. 1 p.m.
Game #13 Sun., Feb. 20 Buck Shaw Stadium - Santa Clara, Calif. 1 p.m.
Probable Pitching Matchups
2/18 - Santa Clara - RHP Kellan McConnell - Sr. (0-1, 8.31 ERA)
Washington - RHP Tim Lincecum - So. (0-1, 6.35 ERA)
2/19 - Santa Clara - RHP Patrick Overholt - So. (0-0, 2.70 ERA)
Washington - RHP Kyle Parker- So. (0-1, 9.00 ERA)
2/20 - Santa Clara - RHP Mike Stutes - Fr. (2-1, 3.95 ERA)
Washington - RHP Matt Kasser - Jr. (0-1, 4.76 ERA)
The Broncos will host their first midweek game of the season on Wednesday, when they take on Sacramento State in a 3 p.m. contest at Buck Shaw Stadium. The game was orginally scheduled for Tuesday before wet conditions forced the change. The Hornets are 2-4 on the young season after dropping three games last weekend. Santa Clara leads the all-time series with the Hornets, posting a 39-23 record since 1959. Last season, SCU dropped a 8-6 decision to Sacramento State on March 10 in the team's only meeting of the year.
On Friday night, Santa Clara will begin a three-game series with Washington in a 6 p.m. contest. The series will continue over the weekend with Saturday and Sunday's games beginning at 1 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Huskies are ranked 12th by Baseball America this week, despite being swept by UC Irvine in their opening weekend. Washington is 0-3 entering the week after being ranked in every preseason poll. All-American right-hander Tim Lincecum will make the start on the mound for the Huskies on Friday night.
In the series with Washington, the Broncos own a 6-5 advantage, but have not faced the Huskies since 1992.
The Bronco relief core has been solid early in the 2005 season. With an ERA of 2.89, the SCU bullpen has allowed only 12 earned runs in 37.1 innings of action this season. Chris Stansbury, Adam Sanabria and Scott Lonergan have combined to throw 11.2 innings and allow only four runs, none of which were earned. Stansbury, Anthony Rea, Dylan Hickey and Donald Brandt have earned four of the Bronco's five wins this season with strong work late in games, while the opponent's relievers have suffered three losses and have posted an ERA of 5.93. Stansbury has been the middle relief ace to this point of the season with six innings of work under his belt. The redshirt freshman has allowed two runs, neither of which were earns, on four hits and posted five strikeouts. Lonergan paces the team with an opposing batting average of .083, while Sanabria has not walked a batter in three appearances. Brandt, another freshman right-hander, leads SCU with 12 strikeouts after recording eight against San Diego State in the first game of the doubleheader.
Start It Up
After leading the Broncos with a .361 batting average a year ago, senior outfielder Ryan Chiarelli has started right where he left off. Once again in the leadoff spot for Santa Clara, Chiarelli has already posted four multiple hit contests. The San Ramon, Calif. native has also been issued a team-high seven walks while striking out only three times. In the season opener, he would score the winning run in the 14-9 come-from-behind win. In Sunday's doubleheader at San Diego State, Chiarelli had two multiple hit games, scoring a run in each contest.
Rea Earns Preseason Honors
After setting a Santa Clara record with 13 saves last season, senior right-handed pitcher Anthony Rea picked up numerous honors heading into the 2005 season. The National College Baseball Writers Association named Rea to its preseason All-America Second Team, while Collegiate Baseball named him to its third team. These awards follow 2004 second team All-America honors from the NCBWA. The Palo Alto native was also named to the Brooks Wallace Award Preseason Watch List. The award, which was given to Cal State Fullerton's Kurt Suzuki in its inaugural season a year ago, is awarded to the nation's top collegiate player by the College Baseball Foundation. On February 11, Rea was also named to the Roger Clemens Award Watch List, which is awarded to the nation's top collegiate pitcher each year.
After hosting the first four games of a seven-game homestand, the Broncos will welcome Cal Poly to Buck Shaw Stadium for a three game series beginning February 25. Friday night's game is set for 6 p.m. while the weekend contests will start at 1 p.m.