March 24, 2008

Santa Clara Baseball Hosts No. 11 California Tuesday Night

March 24, 2008

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Before entering West Coast Conference play later this week against San Diego, the Santa Clara baseball team will host No. 11 California on Tuesday, March 25 at Stephen Schott Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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
The Broncos split Saturday's doubleheader with the Mustangs of Cal Poly. Designated hitter Geoff Klein went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs as Santa Clara overcame a 5-0 deficit to win the opener, 11-8. Freshman Thain Simon (5-0) picked up the win in relief for Santa Clara, pitching 2 1/3 scoreless innings and allowing just one hit and no walks while striking out two.

On The Season
The Broncos moved to 11-8 after the weekend. SCU opened the season with a five-game win streak, defeating Utah Valley, Kansas State, Pacific and San Jose State (Feb. 22-Feb. 29). On the mound, Nate Garcia (2-1) and Donald Brandt (2-1) have earned wins as starting pitchers, while Simon leads the Broncos with a 5-0 record in relief. Alex Rivers (1-1) has compiled 3 saves thus far for the Broncos in seven appearances.

Klein Tops Lists
After his solid performance last weekend, Klein moved up to the top spot and leads the Broncos batting .387. He's tied for first in hits (29), home runs (3) and RBIs (18). Klein is tied with junior Evan LeBlanc for total multiple hit games (10) and leads the way in multiple RBI games (6).

Gone Streaking
Senior Gabe Alcantar's current hitting streak of five games leads the Broncos. It began with a solo home run in game one of the doubleheader against UC Davis on Mar. 16. The current season-best hitting streak for the Broncos is held by LeBlanc, who opened the season with an 11-game hitting streak. The streak was unfortunately brought to an end on March 9 against then-No. 20 Oklahoma State.

Scouting Cal
The Golden Bears enter Tuesday's game with a 15-4-1 overall record and are 8-2 on the road. Last weekend, Cal opened Pac-10 play at Washington State winning the series 2-1. The Golden Bears won the first two games (9-1; 7-4) but fell 5-4 in 10 innings in the third game. On the season, Josh Satin hits .443 starting in 19 of the Bears' 20 contests thus far. David Cooper hits .377 with a team-high 27 runs, nine home runs and 26 RBIs. It has not been announced yet who the Broncos will face on the mound.

All-Time vs. Cal
The Golden Bears lead the all-time series 122-89-6. The two teams last met in the 2006 season and split the series 1-1. The Broncos won the first game 12-7 at home, with then-sophomore Alcantar going 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. SCU was then shutout 6-0 on the road.

On Deck
The Broncos open WCC action on the road this weekend against the Toreros of No. 14 San Diego. The three game series begins on Friday, March 28 at 2 p.m. at Cunningham Stadium. Saturday and Sunday's contests will begin at 1 p.m.