April 5, 2005

Baseball Returns Home for Weekend Series After Match-up at Stanford

April 5, 2005

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -

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Santa Clara (14-15, 1-7 WCC) vs. Stanford (17-9, 3-0 Pac-10)

Game #30 • Tues., April 5 • Sunken Diamond - Stanford, Calif. • 6 p.m.

Probable Pitching Matchup
4/4 - Santa Clara - LHP Adam Sanabria - Sr. (0-0, 1.50 ERA)
Stanford - TBA

Santa Clara (14-15, 1-7 WCC) vs. San Diego (19-17-1, 5-7 WCC)

Game #31 • Fri., April 8 • Buck Shaw Stadium - Santa Clara, Calif. • 6 p.m.
Game #32 • Sat., April 9 • Buck Shaw Stadium - Santa Clara, Calif. • 1 p.m.
Game #33 • Sun., April 10 • Buck Shaw Stadium - Santa Clara, Calif. • 1 p.m.

Probable Pitching Matchups
4/8 - Santa Clara - RHP Anthony Rea - Sr. (2-3, 3.38 ERA)
San Diego - TBA
4/9 - Santa Clara - RHP Mike Stutes - Fr. (4-4, 4.86 ERA)
San Diego - TBA
4/10 - Santa Clara - RHP Kellan McConnell - Sr. (2-4, 5.73 ERA)
San Diego - TBA

This Week
The Santa Clara baseball team will return to the Bay Area after a road trip to Portland last weekend. The Broncos will wrap-up a seven-game road swing on Tuesday at 10th-ranked Stanford before returning to Buck Shaw Stadium for a three-game WCC set with San Diego.

The Cardinal enter the week ranked in the top-15 of each poll with after a three-game sweep of Washington State last weekend. Stanford is 17-9 on the season and 3-0 in Pac-10 play. Offensively, John Mayberry Jr. and Jed Lowrie pace the Cardinal attack. Mayberry Jr. is hitting .346 this season, while Lowrie is connecting at a .337 clip with a team-high 10 home runs.

After starting its season before ever other team in the country, San Diego will travel to Santa Clara with a 19-17-1 mark on the season and a 5-7 mark in conference play. Last weekend, the Toreros dropped two of three games against Gonzaga, which leads the WCC Coast Division. USD is led by Keoni Ruth, who paces the squad with a .333 batting average. Jordan Abruzzo is the Torero leader in home runs with seven this season.

Schott Stadium to Open April 30
The long-awaited opening day of Santa Clara University's Stephen Schott Baseball Stadium is scheduled for Saturday, April 30 at 1 p.m., SCU Director of Athletics and Recreation Dan Coonan announced. The Broncos will host Gonzaga University in the second game of a three-game West Coast Conference series in the first game at Santa Clara's baseball dedicated facility.

A discounted package of SCU Bronco games at Schott Stadium will be made available soon. Single game tickets to opening day and each of the other seven games in Schott Stadium will go on sale Friday, April 8, through the SCU Athletic Ticket Office by calling 408/554-4660 or online at www.santaclarabroncos.com. Reserved seats will be available for $10 each, while adult general admission tickets are priced at $6. General admission tickets for youths aged 12 and under and seniors over the age of 65 are $3 each, while members of Bronco Kidz receive admission for just $2 with their membership card.

Double Trouble in the Outfield
The outfield tandem of Jason Matteucci and Robert Perry has accounted for 57 starts and 43 runs scored for the Broncos this season. Currently tied with 32 hits on the season, the two lead the team in that category. They are two of the four Broncos with batting averages above .300 as Perry is hitting at a .327 clip and Matteucci is hitting at a .311 clip. Also speedy on the bases, the duo has recorded 10 of Santa Clara's 27 stolen bases this season with Perry leading the team at seven.

The Real-ini Deal
Second baseman Dustin Realini has proven to be one of the Bronco's biggest offensive weapons in the early part of the 2005 season. With 20 starts at second base and seven as the designated hitter, Realini ranks second on the team with a .317 batting average. Batting in the middle of the lineup, Realini has become the Bronco's best run producer, driving in a team-high 20 runs. His four home runs are tied for the team lead, while his .525 slugging percentage is second on the team.

Adding Watts-age
Junior catcher Kris Watts has become a valuable part of the Santa Clara lineup after transferring from Ohlone College prior to the 2005 season. Currently third on the team with a .312 batting average, Watts is one of two Broncos who has played in all 29 of the Bronco's contests this season. The Fremont, Calif. native ranks fourth on the team with 24 hits and third with 17 RBI. He is equally as impressive on the defensive side with only one error, a catcher's interference call, in 221 chances.

O'Brien Closing in on 100 Wins
Bronco skipper Mark O'Brien is nearing a milestone 100th win as his current record stands at 97-100. In only his fourth year at the helm, he has posted a 53-44 mark in West Coast Conference play. When O'Brien does reach his 100th win, he will become only the fifth coach in Santa Clara baseball history to reach the milestone. He will join former Bronco coaches John Oldham, Jerry McClain, Sal Taormina and John Cotrell in the esteemed group.

Bronco Rotation Notes
Adam Sanabria - Senior Left-handed Pitcher (Longwood, Fla. - University of Florida)
Will be making his first start of the season at Stanford... top left-handed Bronco reliever this season... 1.50 ERA is the lowest on the team... ranks third on the squad with 13 appearances... has posted 12 strikeouts in 12 innings of work.

Anthony Rea - Senior Right-handed Pitcher (Palo Alto, Calif. - Gunn HS)
Will be making his fourth start of the season against Portland... strong in first start of the season, pitching 7.2 innings against Washington... allowed only five hits and struck out six Huskies... tied for the team-lead in apperances with 13... 2.93 ERA ranks second among Bronco hurlers with more than 20 innings of work... allowed only 10 runs in 30.2 innings... tied for SCU career saves record with 25... set a single-season record a year ago with 13... currently has five saves on the season... posted new career-highs with nine strikeouts in eight innings at San Francisco in his second start of the season... allowed only one run in the Bronco's only complete game this season.

Mike Stutes - Freshman Right-handed Pitcher (Lake Oswego, Ore. - Lake Oswego HS)
Has made seven starts in 2005... 4.86 ERA ranks second among pitchers with more than 30 innings of work... leads the pitching staff with 49 strikeouts in 50 innings of action... also leads the Broncos with four wins... after earning wins over Utah and San Diego State, posted third win of the season with 8.1 inning performance against Cal Poly... did not allow a run in a season-long outing... posted a team season-high 11 strikeouts in fourth win of the season against Brown on March 13... allowed only seven hits over seven innings with eight strikeouts at San Francisco last weekend.

Kellan McConnell - Senior Right-handed Pitcher (San Juan Capistrano, Calif. - Capistrano Valley HS)
Has made 10 starts in 2005, which is tops on the team... second on the team with 46 strikeouts in a team-high 55 innings of work... recorded a season-high 10 strikeouts in 7.2 innings of work against Washington on February 20 to earn his first win of the season... second win came against San Jose State after allowing only one run in seven innings of action... named WCC Pitcher of the Week after Washington series.