SANTA CLARA, Calif. – It's Senior Weekend for the Santa Clara University softball program. The Broncos, under the direction of third-year head coach Lisa Mize, will be celebrating the careers of (pictured l-r) Jackie Nicora, Jenna Fong, Stephanie Smith and Amanda Edmonson on Sunday, May 1 against Sacramento State.
Santa Clara (6-23; 2-10 PCSC) will play 12th-ranked California (30-9; 7-5 Pac-10) Wednesday, April 27 in Berkeley before hosting Pacific Coast Softball Conference rival Sacramento State (14-22; 6-6 PCSC) in a four-game weekend series Saturday and Sunday, April 30-May 1. The doubleheaders with Sacramento State are set to begin at 12 noon at the West Valley College softball field in Saratoga.
SCU's final-year student-athletes have played key roles for the Broncos over the past four years. Nicora (Pebble Beach, Calif./Stevenson) provided the team with 37 hits as a junior, hitting .312 during conference play and was named a PCSC All-Coastal Division First Team honoree. Nicora recorded a team-best eight-game hitting streak earlier this season and has started in 27 of the Broncos 29 games.
Edmonson (Las Vegas, Nev./Silverado) has started over 150 games, contributing immediately as a freshman in 2008. She hit seven doubles last year and posted an on-base percentage of .322. This season, Edmonson has hit two homers as the team's primary catcher. Smith (San Jose, Calif./Castilleja) is a four-year letterman who has made 10 starts so far this season.
Smith, Edmonson and Nicora have been excellent student-athletes, earning recognition on the PCSC's Academic Honor Roll.
Fong (Sacramento, Calif./CK McClatchy) has followed up an outstanding prep career in Sacramento by becoming one of Santa Clara's most versatile players since 2008. Fong started in 37 games as a sophomore, emerged as a starting pitcher as a junior and currently leads the team in wins (5) and ERA (6.42) as a senior.
The Broncos are hoping to get back junior OF Briana Knight (.442 BA) and INF Kristin Welsh (.216 BA), who have missed recent games with injury. SCU has been limited in available players, which has contributed to its current 11-game losing streak. Freshman pitcher Jessica Turner (Tulsa, Ok./Broken Arrow) was recently named the 'Athlete of the Week' by The Santa Clara, SCU's student newspaper.
Following this week's games, the Broncos will wrap up the season with games at No. 10 Stanford (May. 3) and St. Mary's (May 7-8).
Sacramento State is coming off a 13-game homestand, which saw the Hornets go 6-6 against PCSC opponents, USD, SMC and LMU. Sac State starting pitcher Megan Schaefer was dominant against the league's top offensive team, LMU, last time out. Schaefer finished last weekend 1-0 with a 0.39 ERA, allowing just 11 singles and striking out eight over 18.0 innings. However, the Hornets are 0-6 in true road games this season and its offense is hitting just .249 as a team.
Pacific Coast Softball Conference Standings (April 25)
San Diego … 11-1… 21-14 (W11)
LMU … 8-4 … 24-24 (W1)
Sac. State … 6-6 … 14-22 (L1)
St. Mary's … 6-6 … 10-20 (W2)
CS Bakersfield … 3-9 … 15-29 (L2)
Santa Clara … 2-10 … 6-23 (L11)
Portland State … 9-3 … 21-15 (W8)
No. Colo. … 9-3 … 13-31 (W1)
Utah Valley … 7-5 … 14-24 (L1)
Seattle … 5-7 … 9-29 (L5)
Idaho St. … 3-9 … 10-29 (L1)
Weber St. … 3-9 … 10-30 (W1)
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April 27, 2011 No. 9 Cal Softball Gets Past Santa Clara
April 26, 2011 Senior Weekend On Deck for Santa Clara Softball
April 23, 2011 Short-Handed Broncos Swept In Saturday Doubleheader
April 22, 2011 USD Tops Santa Clara in Softball, Series Resumes Saturday
April 19, 2011 Santa Clara Softball Battles USD This Weekend in Saratoga
April 16, 2011 Softball: LMU Takes Doubleheader from Santa Clara
April 14, 2011 Santa Clara Softball Plays Well in Home-Opener
April 13, 2011 Pacific Claims Tuesday Night Game Versus Santa Clara
April 11, 2011 Santa Clara Softball Begins 13-game Homestand This Week
April 10, 2011 SCU Softball Wins Again, Shutting Out Bakersfield 3-0
April 9, 2011 Santa Clara Softball Wins PCSC Opener, 4-3 Over CSUB
April 6, 2011 Wallis Has Winning Attitude
April 4, 2011 An Inside Look at SCU Softball: Senior Amanda Edmonson
March 29, 2011 UC Davis Outlasts Santa Clara Softball
March 26, 2011 SCU Softball Will Not Play Until Tuesday Due to Rainouts
March 24, 2011 Rain Forces Schedule Change for SCU Softball in Davis
March 23, 2011 Aggie Stampede Precludes Conference Play for SCU Softball
March 20, 2011 Rain Washes Out Softball's Game Sunday
March 15, 2011 Capital Classic in Sacramento On Deck for SCU Softball
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March 13, 2011 Complete Results of Santa Clara Bronco Softball Classic
March 11, 2011 Santa Clara Wins at Its Own Softball Classic
March 9, 2011 2011 Santa Clara Bronco Classic This Weekend
March 6, 2011 SCU Softball Wins Three Times at Colorado State Classic
March 5, 2011 Santa Clara Softball Wins Again, Tops Sacred Heart 8-6
March 4, 2011 Offense Sparks SCU Softball Victory in Fort Collins
February 27, 2011 One Run Separates Santa Clara and No. 13 Oregon
February 26, 2011 SCU Drops Game to Pacific, Plays No. 13 Oregon Sunday
February 24, 2011 Weather Changes SCU Softball's Schedule in Stockton This Weekend
February 20, 2011 Bronco Softball Suffers Close Loss on Opening Day
February 14, 2011 SCU Softball’s Annual Crab Feed This Saturday!
February 4, 2011 Santa Clara Softball Fueled by Senior Leaders
February 4, 2011 Junior Welsh Hopes to Lead Team Again
January 25, 2011 SCU Freshmen Getting Initiated to Division I Athletics
January 18, 2011 SCU Softball Working Hard for Season-Opener February 20
January 11, 2011 Defense, Conditioning the Focus of Softball’s Preseason Training
December 6, 2010 Santa Clara Softball Announces 2011 Schedule
December 6, 2010 SCU Softball to Host Winter Prospect Camp on January 30
December 3, 2010 Extra Effort and a Positive Attitude Keys Success for Knight
November 22, 2010 Bronco Softball Inks Accomplished Class for 2011-12
November 17, 2010 Nicora Excited for Senior Season
October 27, 2010 Catching Up with Bronco Softball Player Jackie Nicora
October 21, 2010 Santa Clara Softball: Fall Training Underway