February 10, 2010

At the plate with Andrew Biancardi

Feb. 10, 2010

Feature by Student Assistant Brian Elser (BE)

Bronco sophomore Andrew Biancardi is gearing up for the 2010 spring baseball season. He was named to the WCC All-Freshman Team last season and hit .299 and tied for fourth on the team with 22 RBI's. Biancardi ended last season on a nine-game hitting streak and he looks to pick up where he left off this spring. Biancardi talks about some team goals for the season and what he does off the diamond.

BE: What have you been doing this past off-season to prepare for the spring?

AB: We've all been working hard with our new strength and conditioning coach Ron Forbes, and I'm really working on my speed and agility. Also, we're putting a lot of focus on getting better on defense.

BE: Do you have any team or personal goals for the season?

AB: A goal that every team has at this point in the season is to make a regional and win the conference. I think we have the components this year to take care of both of these.

BE: I understand that you are diabetic. Is there anything that you have to do while you play?

AB: It hasn't really affected much of what I do on the field. In baseball since there is so much down time in between innings, I am able to take care of whatever I need to check without missing out on anything.

BE: How is the team looking this year? What do you feel are the team's biggest strengths and weaknesses?

AB: I think we have improved a lot from last year, and like I said earlier, we have a lot of components we need to be a good team this year. I think one of our biggest strengths is that we are retuning all of our pitching from last year, along with a lot of returners on the offense side. One of our weaknesses is that we have some young guys on defense who don't have much experience, but they are all very talented and will learn what it's like at this level in no time.

BE: What other activities do you enjoy at Santa Clara besides being a member of the baseball team?

AB: I really enjoy watching all our sports teams here including basketball, volleyball and soccer just to name a few.