Bronco Baseball Travels To Pacific; Battles San Jose State In Rivalry Series

Feb. 26, 2008

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Santa Clara vs. Pacific
Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m.
SCU - Matt Wickswat (LHP)
UOP - Hunter Carnevale (RHP)

Santa Clara vs. San Jose State
Friday, Feb. 29 at 6 p.m. (Schott Stadium)
SCU - Nate Garcia (RHP) | SJSU - TBA
Saturday, March 1 at 1 p.m. (Municipal Stadium)
SCU - Steve Kalush (RHP) | SJSU - TBA
Sunday, March 2 at 1 p.m.(Schott Stadium)
SCU - Donald Brandt (LHP) | SJSU - TBA

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Broncos take their first road trip of the season on Wednesday as they travel to Stockton to battle the Tigers of Pacific. First pitch is schedule for 6 p.m. at Klein Family Field. On Friday, Feb. 29, Santa Clara and San Jose State will face off in the first game of the 2008 Rivalry Series. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Stephen Schott Stadium.

►On Air
Every live moment of Santa Clara baseball games will be covered live via the official athletic website at www.SantaClaraBroncos.com. Along with live audio broadcasts featuring play-by-play from Will Peregrine, a live GameTracker with statistical and play-by-play coverage will be available to fans.

►Last Time Out For The Broncos
SCU compiled a successful opening weekend despite the looming clouds over the Bay Area. The Broncos posted a doubleheader sweet of Utah Valley on Friday night and defeated Kansas State on Saturday afternoon. Santa Clara carried a two game win-streak into the 2008 season and are now riding a five-game win streak.

Junior Evan LeBlanc became the first Bronco this season to hit a homer. His last first game home run against Utah Valley drove in two additional runs to keep the Broncos on top of the Wolverines.

Senior Gabe Alcantar followed suit on Saturday hitting a three-run homer in the fourth inning, allowing Tommy Medica and LeBlanc to score as well.

►On The Season
The Broncos are off to an early 3-0 start to the 2008 season. Leading the team offensively after the first three games is junior LeBlanc. Over the weekend he started in all three games for the Broncos and hit .667 with four runs, two doubles, one home run and seven RBIs.

Sophomores Nate Garcia, Alex Rivers and redshirt junior Donald Brandt all earned wins for the Broncos this weekend.

Steve Kalush dominated the mound in his first start of the season Friday night. He pitched five innings with no Wolverine hits and 13 strikeouts before retiring in the sixth.

The 2008 campaign begins three weeks later and will last for just 13 weeks (instead of 16 weeks as in years past). The Broncos will play their typical 56 game schedule during that time with 32 of those games being held in the friendly and comfortable confines of Stephen Schott Stadium.

►RIVALRY SERIES
The baseball Rivalry Series is tight as the Broncos own a narrow 3-2 record over the Spartans.

In the all-time series, which dates back to the 1936 season, SCU owns a 115-78-1 record over SJSU.

Last season, the Broncos went 1-2 against the Spartans. SCU won the second meeting of the two teams 15-3, with Garcia picking up the win.

LeBlanc and Kevin Drever ('07) led Santa Clara's hitting .750, while Ryan Conan had three runs.

►LeBlanc Named WCC Player of the Week
Outfielder LeBlanc earned the season's first West Coast Conference Player of the Week honor it was announced Monday by the league. LeBlanc played a crucial role in the Broncos' opening weekend, helping SCU to a 3-0 record.

The Tucson, Ariz., native batted .667 on the week (8-for-12), with one home run, four runs and seven RBIs. In the first game of the season against Utah Valley, LeBlanc launched a three-run homer in the eighth inning to help SCU to its 12-1 victory. He hit .500 (2-for-4) with three RBIs. In the second game of Friday's doubleheader, he batted 1.000 with one run and one RBI. In Saturday afternoon's contest, LeBlanc helped start things off for the Broncos in the third inning with a single to right field that allowed Kevin Madden to score and put Santa Clara on the board, 1-0. He hit .600 against the Wildcats with one run and three RBIs.

In his first season with the Broncos in 2007, after transferring from Yavapai Junior College, LeBlanc batted .302 with 54 hits, 11 doubles, two home runs and 17 RBIs.

►Scouting Pacific
The Tigers enter Wednesday's contest after a 1-2 week in Houston, Texas. Pacific lost its first game of the three-game series, 3-1, on Friday, then rebounded to win Saturday's game 4-3, but lost an 10-9 heartbreaker on Sunday.

After the first weekend of play, Adam Ching leads the Tigers, hitting .462, with two runs and five RBIs. Mike McKeever launched Pacific's first homerun of the season in game two of the series. For the weekend, he hit .429 with two doubles and two RBIs.

On the mound for the Tigers on Wednesday will be sophomore righty Hunter Carnevale. He picked up the win on Saturday, pitching four innings.

►All-Time vs. Pacific
Wednesday's game is the first of this year's four game series and is the 109th meeting of the two teams. Santa Clara leads the all-time series, 71-37.

►Scouting San Jose State
The Spartans battle CSU East Bay on Tuesday before taking on the Broncos later in the week. Last week, SJSU went 3-0 against Utah at home.

John Shaffer and Corey Valine led the Spartans as both players hit .429 for the weekend. In Shaffer's 14 at bats, he had four runs, two doubles and two RBIs. Meanwhile, Valine tallied five RBIs, two runs and one double.

David Berner, Spencer Snodgrass and Scott Sobczak started on the mound for SJSU last weekend, while Sobczak, Joey Van Cleave and Ryan Shopshire earned the wins for the Spartans. Berner, who pitched 7.0 inning for the Spartans, tallied 11 strikeouts in game two of the series.

►All-Time vs. San Jose State
Friday's contest is the 193rd meeting of SCU and SJSU in the all-time series, in which Santa Clara leads 115-78-0.

►On Deck
The Broncos return to action on Tuesday, March 4 against the Bulldogs of Fresno State. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Stephen Schott Stadium. Santa Clara ends the week in San Diego, facing USD in non-conference action, San Diego State, Oklahoma State and defending National Champions Oregon State.