March 11, 2008

Broncos Travel To Cal Poly; Face UC Davis In Four Game Series This Weekend

March 11, 2008

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team travels to Cal Poly for a midweek contest against the Mustangs on Wednesday, March 12. First pitch against assistant coach Mike Zirelli's alma mater is scheduled for 6p.m. The Broncos then battled the Aggies of UC Davis in a four-game weekend series beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 14 at Dobbins Stadium.

On Saturday, SCU and UCD will face off in a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Stephen Schott Stadium and then conclude action at UC Davis on Sunday, March 16 at 1 p.m.

On Air
Fans can watch the Broncos take on the Mustangs Wednesday evening via the Internet. Live audio, video and GameTracker links are available through the Cal Poly website (www.gopoly.com). Live stats for both games on the campus of UC Davis will be available for fans at www.ucdavisaggies.com.

Every live moment of home 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
The Broncos posted an overall 3-2 week. SCU will look to snap its current two-game drought against Cal Poly on Wednesday. The Broncos registered wins over Fresno State, then-No. 11 San Diego and San Diego State, who was receiving votes.

Patrick Glenn registered the team's first triple of the season in the Broncos loss to then-No. 12 Oregon State. The shot was his first collegiate triple. Matt Long followed suit shortly after with another triple in the Broncos nine-run third inning outburst against the Beavers.

On The Season
The Broncos own a 9-3 record going into this week's contests. SCU opened the season with a five-game win streak, defeating Utah Valley, Kansas State, Pacific and San Jose State (Feb. 22-Feb. 29). Donald Brandt and Nate Garcia has both registered two wins for the Broncos in starting positions, while Thain Simon has tallied three wins in relief and Alex Rivers and Jeff Lombard have compiled two saves.

Going To The Polls
The Broncos open week four receiving votes in two of the major weekly polls. SCU sit one spot out of the Rivals.com Top 25 and are currently receiving 11 votes in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll. Six of the Broncos 2008 opponents are also ranked or receiving votes throughout the five major polls. Remaining in the Top 25 this week is: No. 12 Cal, No. 17 Pepperdine, No. 18 Stanford, No. 21 San Diego, No. 22 Oregon State and No. 23 Oklahoma State

Broncos Go 2-2 At Aztec Invite
Santa Clara finished in the middle of the pack at the 2008 Aztec Invitational. The Broncos were one of four teams to post a 2-2 record. Loyola Marymount, the only team SCU did not face in the tournament, won the tournament crown with a 3-1 record.

Three Take All-Tournament Honors
Seniors Ryan Conan and Lombard, along with sophomore Jon Karcich were named to the 2008 Aztec Invitational All-Tournament Team. Conan shares the first base honors with LMU's A.J. LaMonda, who was also named MVP. Conan went 9-for-19 on the weekend with five runs and three RBIs. Conan was perfect in the field with two assists, 31 putouts was involved in two key double plays. Karcich earned the accolades after a batting a team-best .538 in four games. The shortstop registered two runs, five RBIs and one double on the weekend. He also dished out nine assists and was instrumental in two key double plays. Lombard received the honor as a relief pitcher. He finished the weekend with a 0.00 ERA after three appearances and two saves. Lombard pitched 5.0 innings and struck out four batters. He helped the Broncos to wins over then-No. 11 San Diego and San Diego State.

Lombard Moves Up In Career Records
After last week's performance on the mound, senior Lombard moved up in two all-time records categories. The right-handed pitcher from Woodinville, Wash., began the season ranked No. 6 on the career saves list and now moves up to No. 5 with a career tally of 13. Lombard is also ranked ninth overall with 65 relief appearances.

Broncos Head To Zirelli's Alma Mater
Wednesday's contest marks the first in a three-game series against assistant coach Zirelli's alma mater, Cal Poly. The Broncos and Mustangs will battle again in doubleheader action on Saturday, March 22 at Cal Poly.

Zirelli played for the Mustangs from 1996-99, establishing himself as one of the best collegiate pitchers ever to put on a Cal Poly uniform. He was an All-Big West performer and a freshman All-American. He also earned Player of the Decade honors from the University in 1999. Zirelli ranks second all-time in innings pitched, second in strikeouts, fourth in total appearances, sixth in complete games, and seventh in wins. He also holds the record for most strikeouts in a single game since the Mustangs moved over to DI play in 1995.

The Mustangs will face UC Santa Barbara Tuesday night before taking on the Broncos Wednesday at 6 p.m. Cal Poly heads into the week with a 5-6 overall record. Last weekend, they won the series against Washington, 2-1, finishing with a 12-1 rout of the Huskies. Logan Schafer is one Mustang to watch for. He's compiled a .426 batting average with seven runs, nine RBIs, three doubles and one triple. Luke Yoder, who is second on the squad hitting .382, has compiled four home runs thus far and ties the team-best 11 runs. It has not been announced who the Broncos will face on the mound.

All-Time vs. Cal Poly
Wednesday's contest marks the 69th meeting of the two teams in a series that SCU leads 36-32. Last season, the Broncos lost the three game series, 1-2, as they were shutout in the final contest 8-0.

Scouting UC Davis
The Aggies enter the week with a 7-7 overall record and travel to Nevada to face the Wolf Pack on Wednesday. Last week, they went 1-3 at the River City Classic losing to Portland, San Jose State and BYU. Their lone win game against Sac State (12-3). Leading the Aggies is Jake Jefferies. He hits .483 with 10 runs, six doubles, two home runs and 18 RBIs. Santa Clara will face Eddie Gamboa, Brad McAtee, Trevor Fox and Jeff Reekers on the mound this weekend. They combine for a 5-3 record and a 4.68 ERA.

All-Time vs. UC Davis
Friday's meeting is the 56th of the overall series that began in the 1924 season. The Broncos own a 38-16-1 record over the Aggies, splitting last year's games 2-2.

On Deck
The Broncos return to action Tuesday, Match 25 against No. 12 Cal. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Stephen Schott Stadium.