May 11, 2009
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara baseball team brings its 2009 home schedule to a close this Tuesday, May 12 against UC Davis. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Stephen Schott Stadium. It will be the final game on the Mission Campus for seniors David Abraham, Thomas Dore, Jr., Brady Fuerst, James Heintz, Matt Long, Kevin Madden, Juan Parra and Kyle Van Dusen.
Last Time Out
The Broncos won its West Coast Conference series with the Gaels of Saint Mary's last weekend. SCU won the series opener on Friday, 6-5, and dominated in the series finale on Sunday, 8-2. On Friday, outfielders Juan Parra and Matt Long were driven home by shortstop Jon Karcich for the game-tying and game-winning runs. On Sunday, RHP Alex Rivers tossed his second career complete game, striking out eight and surrendering two runs for the win.
Junior catcher Geoff Klein continues to lead the Broncos batting .394 with 55 RBIs, 76 hits, 20 doubles and five home runs. Long is tied with Klein with five homers, as he hit his fifth on Friday against SMC. He also leads the team with 42 runs and six triples. Karcich also is tied for first on the team with 20 doubles and is second with 34 runs. On the mound, Nate Garcia leads with 93 strikeouts in 90.1 innings pitched. He also has a 7-4 record and a 3.69 ERA.
Scouting UC Davis
The Aggies enter the week with a 9-37 overall record. UC Davis went 2-1 over the weekend, earning their first win in eight games on Friday against UC Riverside in Big West action. Justin Schafer leads the team with a .333 batting average, while Ty Kelly has 16 doubles, three home runs and 29 RBIs. Daniel Crepin has scored a team-high 25 runs. SCU will either face RHP Tom Briner or LHP Nathan Slater on the mound Tuesday. Briner has a 6.20 ERA with 32 strikeouts and a 1-5 record in 12 appearances. Slater is 0-2 on the year with a 4.85 ERA. He's made four starts in 12 appearances this season.
Last Time vs. UC Davis
The Broncos defeated the Aggies, 13-7, on March 11 in Davis. Joe Supple earned the win in relief, while Dayne Quist got the loss. Karcich was 2-for-3 with three runs, while Klein was 3-for-5 with one run and three RBIs. Parra also scored two runs and posted two RBIs. SCU rallied from a 7-5 deficit to score three runs in the fifth and eighth innings and two more runs in the ninth.
All-Time vs. UC Davis
Tuesday's game marks the 61st meeting of the two teams in a series Santa Clara leads, 39-20-1.
The Broncos close out WCC play on the road with a three-game series against the Waves of Pepperdine. The series opens on Friday, May 15 at 3 p.m. at Eddy D. Field Stadium in Malibu. The series continues with 1 p.m. starts on Saturday and Sunday. SCU then closes out the 2009 campaign on Monday, May 18 at Cal Poly. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Baggett Stadium in San Luis Obispo.
Did You Know...?
Junior RHP Steve Kalush's younger brother Scott is a freshman catcher for the Aggies. Steve is expected to get the start for the Broncos, which could potentially allow the brothers to face one another. Scott has made 30 starts in 39 appearances for the Aggies. He has scored nine runs with 10 RBIs. Steve recently earned his eighth career save on Friday at Saint Mary's. He has struck out 39 batters thus far.
Long Named WCC Player of the Week
The senior centerfielder was named the West Coast Conference's Player of the Week; it was announced by the league Monday afternoon. It is the Los Altos native's first-ever career weekly accolade from the WCC. The senior led Santa Clara to a 3-1 week (May 4-10) with a non-conference midweek win over Stanford and a 2-1 series win against Saint Mary's over the weekend. For the week, Long went 7-for-16 (.438) with seven runs and three RBIs. He also collected a double and a home run.
Kalush, Klein Enter Record Books
Juniors Kalush and Klein recently entered the Bronco Record Books. Kalush is now tied for 10th all-time with eight saves, while Klein is tied for 10th in single-season doubles. He is also two RBIs shy of entering that single-season category as well.
SCU Record Books Watch
> Long is now tied for No. 2 all-time in triples (14)
> Long is now No. 3 all-time in hits (266)
> Long is now No. 3 all-time in total bases (390)
> Long is now No. 4 all-time in at bats (855)
> Long is now No. 4 all-time in runs (159)
> Long is tied for 7th in single-season triples (6)
> Long is now No. 9 all-time in walks (98)
> Long is now No. 9 in all-time extra base hits (72)
> Long is tied for 10th in single-season sac flies (5)
> Karcich is now tied for No. 6 in hit by pitch (25)
> Karcich is now tied for No. 10 all-time in career doubles (46)
> Karcich is now tied for No. 10 in single-season doubles (20)
> Klein is now tied for No. 10 in single-season doubles (20)
> Garcia is tied for No. 6 in single season hit batsmen (13)
> Garcia is tied for No. 8 all-time in hit batsmen (22)
> Garcia is now No. 8 all-time in career strikeouts (242)
> Kalush is now tied for No. 10 in all-time saves (8)
> Long 6 home runs away from entering the all-time list
> Karcich is 8 home runs away from entering the all-time list
> Brady Fuerst is 7 doubles away from entering the all-time list
> Fuerst is 2 doubles away from entering the single-season list
> Klein is 2 RBIs away from entering the single-season list
> Garcia is 4 starts away from entering the all-time list