SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara University and head softball coach Lisa Mize have received a signed National Letter of Intent from Ciara Gonzales (Chandler, Ariz./Mountain Pointe High School), an all-league pitcher and infielder from the Phoenix, Ariz. area. Gonzales will attend the University beginning in the fall of 2012 and play for the Broncos in 2013.
"Ciara is a movement pitcher and has a good mix of pitches in her arsenal that will make her very effective against opposing batters," said Mize. "Ciara will be a welcomed arm in the circle and will be an added compliment to our pitching staff. We are elated to have Ciara be a Santa Clara Bronco!"
The East Valley Tribune named Gonzales an all-league honoree as a prep junior. She was also selected as a First Team All-East Valley Region player and named First Team Tempe All-City. Gonzales has followed up that campaign with an outstanding senior season, which has seen her hit .437 and post a .718 slugging percentage. Gonzales throws right-handed and bats left.
Not only has Gonzales excelled on the diamond, her academic achievements include a top 5 ranking in her high school class, National Hispanic Merit Scholar honors, member of the National Honor Society and National Language Honor Society membership.
"I loved the atmosphere surrounding the University and l feel like I can challenge myself both as a student and as an athlete during my four years there," Gonzales stated.
Mize and the Broncos continue to add talent to the team's roster, having brought in 10 new players prior to the 2012 season. Gonzales adds to a 2013 class that already includes infielder Casandra Padilla (San Gabriel Valley, Calif./Bishop Amat High School) and catcher Chiara Biagini (Santa Clara, Calif./Archbishop Mitty High School).
Biagini and her Archbishop Mitty Monarchs are off to a 17-2 start this spring and are ranked No. 15 nationally by MaxPreps.com. Biagini was an All-Western Catholic Athletic League player as both a sophomore and junior.
Padilla is having another all-league season at Bishop Amat, a program ranked among the nation's top 100 by MaxPreps.com. The middle-infielder is hitting .321 through 19 games this season, with 11 RBI and 16 runs scored. Padilla was named the Del Rey League MVP as a junior, First Team All-Del Rey League and a San Gabriel First Team All-Valley player.
Support Santa Clara University Athletics by making your tax deductible donation to the Bronco Bench Foundation. For more information follow this link or call 408-554-5577. For additional involvement opportunities with Santa Clara Athletics, click here.
June 25, 2012 Leaving a Legacy
April 29, 2012 SCU's Briana Knight Enjoys Seven-RBI Game On Senior Day
April 23, 2012 Future Looks Promising for Briana Rios and Bronco Softball
April 22, 2012 St. Mary’s Takes PCSC Series from Santa Clara Softball
April 18, 2012 SCU Softball Drops 10-2 Decision to Nation’s No. 1, Cal
April 10, 2012 Six Road Games Will Test Santa Clara Softball This Week
April 7, 2012 SCU Softball Drops Close Games to Sacramento State
April 6, 2012 Pitching Dominates Friday's Doubleheader in Sacramento
March 31, 2012 SCU Softball Stuns League-Favorite LMU in Conference Opener
March 28, 2012 No. 13 Stanford Pulls Away from Santa Clara, 9-2
March 25, 2012 Santa Clara's Rally Falls Short against UC Riverside Sunday
March 23, 2012 Santa Clara Edged by Brown and CSU at UCR Invitational
March 17, 2012 Iowa State Tops Santa Clara in Softball Saturday, 6-2
March 16, 2012 Santa Clara-Iowa State Softball Will Play at 4 p.m. Saturday
March 11, 2012 Briana Knight’s Slam Lifts Santa Clara in Tournament Finale
March 10, 2012 Bronco Softball Edged by Gaels and Gauchos on Saturday
March 7, 2012 JMU Rallies, Claims Doubleheader Over Santa Clara
March 3, 2012 Santa Clara Softball Just Misses Upset at San Jose State
February 26, 2012 Carissa Theis Punches Out 13 as SCU Softball Wins Again
February 25, 2012 Team Effort, Freshmen Provide SCU Softball With Clutch Win
February 24, 2012 Seattle Rallies Twice to Beat Santa Clara Softball In Extras
February 23, 2012 Bronco Softball Excited About Their Weekend Games in Moraga
February 21, 2012 UC Davis Escapes With 3-2 Victory, Spoiling SCU Softball’s Home-Opener
February 18, 2012 SCU Softball Drops First Two at Fresno State’s ‘Weekend Series’
February 17, 2012 Offense Has Been an Early-Season Spark for SCU Softball
February 12, 2012 Santa Clara Drops Tough 5-4 Decision to Unbeaten UTEP
February 10, 2012 Santa Clara Softball Tops Rival in Early-Season Tournament Play
February 9, 2012 Wallis Homers for Santa Clara in Season-Opening Setback to UTEP
February 6, 2012 SCU Softball 'Opening Day' is Thursday, Feb. 9 in El Paso
December 15, 2011 Join Bronco Softball for the Annual Crab Feed on Friday, Feb. 3!
December 5, 2011 Senior Kristin Welsh Helps Lead SCU Softball Into 2012 Season
November 11, 2011 SCU Softball Alumni Game Moved to Feb. 4, 2012
November 3, 2011 SCU Broncos Announce 2012 Softball Schedule
October 14, 2011 Fall Ball: Incoming Players Infuse New Energy Into Bronco Softball
September 19, 2011 Bronco Softball Releases 2011 Fall Schedule, Practice Begins Oct. 4
July 20, 2011 Santa Clara Softball: Walk-On Tryout Announcement