Bronco Baseball's Senior Final Thoughts

June 12, 2009

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - As they finish up the last of the undergraduate finals and prepare to walk across the stage Saturday morning to receive their degrees, the baseball team's graduating seniors checked in with www.SantaClaraBroncos.com to share their fondest memories as a Bronco and notes of thanks.

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First and foremost, I want to thank my family - Dad, Mom, Zecka and Bubba - you guys have always been there to support me in all my endeavors and always my #1 fans. To my relentless grandparents who have sat through some arctic like weather, much love. "Bad game, bad game" as my grandpa says.

For my time at Santa Clara, I'll never forget...5:45 a.m. weights, the countless hours on the field, long bus rides throughout northern California, unbelievably tasty Benson food, library dates, dominating in NHL '09, game-winning double against Washington State, conversations solely about what our coaches say, dugout fun, shaky airplane rides, Joe-Bu, Rockband with my "family," putting on Skips jacket and coaching us to a comeback victory at Fresno State, baseball house, clubhouse raves, and most importantly, just great times on the reg. Most of all, I did everything with my teammates, my friends, my Paleo's...Definitely the best two years of my life and I'm grateful for each and everyone of you.

To all the young buds, get better everyday, and never take for granted the great life we have been blessed with. To my fellow seniors, love you guys and wish the best to all of you. Coaches, thanks for helping me become a man both on and off the field. To everyone else who have impacted my life at Santa Clara, thank you!

David Abraham #10

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Baseball's been very, very good to me and I am most honored to have been a part of the Santa Clara Broncos Baseball Program. I will never forget the friendships that were established through my two years as a Bronco and the support my teammates have given me. I would like to thank the Santa Clara community for helping me with my transition to the West Coast. I have truly enjoyed my time here.

Thomas Dore, Jr. #40

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To begin I would like to thank my family, friends, and fans for the support over the years. I had a great experience playing baseball for Santa Clara University. The memories and experiences that I have gained are endless, but the one thing that I will always remember are the relationships I have formed with my teammates and coaches. These relationships will continue in the years to come, and cannot thank my coaches and teammates for all the energy and support they have put in to my career here. Both, teammates and coaches have taught me lessons that have and will continue to help me with the tough endeavors we all face as individuals. Playing baseball here has immensely strengthened me both physically and mentally, which is a huge credit to my teammates and coaches. They have provided me with the tools too not only succeed on the baseball field, but in the workplace and life.

One memory that was fun for me was playing in Oregon, on a field that was covered in snow. Along with this, there are countless memories I have playing Bay Area rival Stanford, and many other memorable times and experiences. But, as aforementioned the good times with the coaches and teammates will stick with me the best.

The past four years have been an amazing experience, and the best years of my life. Thanks again to all those who have helped me along the way.

Brady Fuerst #7

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The three years that i have been involved with the baseball program have been very enjoyable. The thing I enjoyed most was getting to know the guys on the team. After spediing so much time together is amazing we can all still stand the site of each other. This program has given me a lot. I would like to thank all the coaches for giving me an opportunity. Its been a great three years and I will be sad when it comes to and end on May 18.

Jim Heintz #16

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First of all I would like to thank the Santa Clara coaching staff for the opportunity they have given me. The past four years were a great experience full of great memories and learning mechanisms that will be helpful in the future. To my family and friends thank you very much for all your support and for making these years possible. Traveling with the boys, the grind that takes everyday to come out to the field and perform on a high level, the different hand shakes before every game, etc. those are things that will always be on my heart and will stick to me forever. One of the things that I learned through out my years at Santa Clara is to never give up and that hard work always pays off. Santa Clara Baseball helped me grow and mature on every aspect of life and will be one of the most memorable moments on my history book. Once again, thank you to everybody that made this possible and Go Broncos!!!

Juan Parra #5

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Over the past two years I have experienced some great memories with my teammates. Coming to Santa Clara was a blessing and I am thankful for the opportunity to come to the yard everyday and simply have fun with great teammates and coaches. One of my greatest experiences was seeing our team last year come together and fight every game and practice to make a run at a regional. This year has been one of the greatest experiences of my life and I would like to thank my Mom and Dad for making this dream a reality and always supporting me through injuries, hard times and for all the great memories. I would also like to thank the coaching staff for taking a chance and allowing me to become a part of Bronco baseball. Baseball has been the biggest commitment in my life for as long as I can remember and seeing my college career come to an end I would like to thank present and past teammates for making this journey a great one. For those players who follow behind me, make the most out of your time, never give up, enjoy what you have and live the dream.

Kyle Van Dusen #30