SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara University and the Bronco softball program will be honoring a pair of outstanding student-athletes and four-year letterwinners this weekend when the team hosts CSU Bakersfield on Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29 at West Valley College in Saratoga, Calif. … pictured (l-r) seniors Briana Knight and Kristin Welsh.
Saturday-Sunday, April 28-29 – West Valley College (Saratoga, Calif.)
SAT - CSU Bakersfield @ Santa Clara 12 noon
SAT - CSU Bakersfield @ Santa Clara 2 p.m.
SUN - CSU Bakersfield @ Santa Clara 12 noon
SUN - CSU Bakersfield @ Santa Clara 2 p.m.
SCU SOFTBALL 'SENIOR DAY' BBQ!
WHEN: Sunday, April 29
Immediately Following Game Two of DH with CSU Bakersfield (approx. 4 p.m.)
WHERE: West Valley College Softball Field
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070
DETAILS: Honoring SCU's 2012 Senior Class: Briana Knight and Kristin Welsh
Fans, Friends and SCU Alumni are invited to attend!
The Broncos (9-40; 3-13 PCSC) seem to be on the verge of breaking out and winning a PCSC series, having split with LMU earlier this year on the road and nearly splitting last weekend's set with St. Mary's. SCU would like nothing more than to end the season on a high note and give OF Briana Knight (.245 BA) and INF Kristin Welsh (.128 BA) a proper send off. Knight leads the team in HR (8), RBI (29) and total bases (67). Knight has been an All-PCSC honoree in each of her three collegiate seasons thus far and Welsh has returned to the lineup despite battling injuries over the past two years. Welsh was the team's top hitter in 2010, hitting .322.
The Roadrunners (11-37; 4-12 PCSC) have lost 11 of 12 to slip in the conference standings heading into the final weekend of league play. The 'Runners have a new coach this season, UCLA alumna Crissy Buck, who had been an assistant coach at Oregon State for the past nine years. CSUB turned Div. I in 2007, so Buck is trying to build up a program that had extended success at the Div. II level prior to the transition. CSUB was 17-35 last season and 5-15 in the PCSC, which included a split of the four-game series with Santa Clara April 9-10, 2011 in Bakersfield.
The Broncos generated 24 hits in their four-game set with St. Mary's last week, including four homers and four doubles. 1B Kelly Scribner (.243 BA) went 6 for 12 with two homers, four runs and four RBI – hitting an eventual game-winning drive in the sixth inning of Game One. OF Stephanie Fisher (.328 BA) continued her outstanding sophomore campaign by going 5 for 11 against SMC. Fisher and junior SS Alyssa Jepsen (.350 BA) have been the team's most consistent hitters in terms of average this season. Jepsen is batting .407 in PCSC play while Fisher owns a .341 clip through 16 league games. Freshman C Breezy Bernard (.276 BA) is also enjoying a nice stretch at the plate as of late, posting a .326 BA in PCSC play. OF Briana Knight (.245 BA) continues to be the team's top run-producer with 29 RBI.
Junior transfer and San Jose native RH Carissa Theis (4-10; 5.55 ERA) was one of New Mexico State's top pitchers the past two years, prior to coming to Santa Clara this offseason. Theis threw a complete-game four-hitter Saturday against SMC and picked up her fourth win. Theis and sophomore RH Jessica Turner (2-12; 6.04 ERA) worked 25 of the 26 innings last weekend against the Gaels.
"(The ball) looks really big right now," said Kelly Scribner, following her four-hit, two-homerun performance Saturday against SMC. "I'm glad, especially after having a tough time with it last weekend, I wanted to come out and have a really good weekend."
For the very latest on Santa Clara softball, follow the team's official Twitter page (@SCUSoftball) and the Bronco softball Facebook page for updates and information throughout the year.
FUTURE LOOKS PROMISING FOR BRIANA RIOS AND BRONCO SOFTBALL
For Briana Rios and the Santa Clara University softball team adversity is no stranger. The Broncos have been in many precarious spots this season, and often times they called on Rios to come in and shut the door. The future looks bright for the Broncos and this young freshman, and they look to close out this season on a high note. Rios was recently able to connect with SantaClaraBroncos.com about her season and her future with the Broncos. Read more.
IMMEDIATE IMPACT: FRESHMAN CATCHER BREEZY BERNARD
Freshman Breezy Bernard has made an immediate impact for the Santa Clara University women's softball team, starting at catcher in her first collegiate season. In the midst of a grueling 56 game schedule, SantaClaraBroncos.com caught up with the backstop about the team's stunning comeback against LMU, her work with the pitching staff and the plethora of young talent on the roster. Read more.
ALYSSA JEPSEN GIVES FANS AN INSIDE LOOK AT SCU SOFTBALL
It's always an adjustment for transfers to be successful in their first year at a new university. But Alyssa Jepsen, last season a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Junior College All-American shortstop and pitcher at the College of San Mateo, has immediately become Santa Clara's leadoff hitter and everyday shortstop. She recently took the time to give us an inside look at SCU Softball. Read more.
PCSC STANDINGS (April 22)
St. Mary's (11-4) 22-21
San Diego (11-5) 24-17
LMU (10-6) 32-17
Sacramento State (8-7) 25-17
CSU Bakersfield (4-12) 11-37
Santa Clara (3-13) 9-40
Portland State (11-5) 21-21
Weber State (10-6) 21-26
Seattle (8-8) 15-24
Utah Valley (8-8) 27-19-1
Northern Colorado (6-10) 21-27
Idaho State (5-11) 9-33
BRONCOS ADD TO 2013 RECRUITING CLASS, SIGN CIARA GONZALES
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. Read more.
PCSC SHIFTS TO SEVEN TEAMS NEXT YEAR
Brigham Young University has accepted an invitation to join the Pacific Coast Softball Conference in 2013. The addition of BYU will give the PCSC seven teams for the 2013 campaign as the Big Sky Conference will begin sponsoring softball in 2013, meaning the PCSC's Big Sky core-members of Idaho State, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Sacramento State and Weber State will leave the PCSC after this season. Seattle University will also be leaving the PCSC for the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) following the 2012 campaign.
While the West Coast Conference (WCC) does not sponsor softball, the Cougars will be among five WCC schools in the soon-to-be seven-team PCSC in 2013. BYU will play the 2012 season in the WAC before joining fellow WCC members Santa Clara, Loyola Marymount, San Diego and Saint Mary's in the PCSC .
PCSC alignment for 2013
Santa Clara, LMU, BYU, St. Mary's, San Diego, Cal State Bakersfield, Utah Valley
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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