SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The Santa Clara University softball team wraps up its 2012 season tonight, facing No. 19 Stanford in Palo Alto at 6 p.m. The Broncos just completed its Pacific Coast Softball Conference (PCSC) schedule over the weekend, splitting a four-game set with CSU Bakersfield.
Tuesday, May 1 – Smith Family Stadium (Palo Alto, Calif.)
Santa Clara @ No. 19 Stanford – 6 p.m.
The Broncos (11-42; 5-15 PCSC) enjoyed 'Senior Day' by honoring four-year players Briana Knight and Kristin Welsh with a post-game BBQ following its series with CSU Bakersfield last weekend. Knight enters Tuesday night's game at Stanford ranked No. 2 all-time at SCU in homeruns (31) and RBI (108), while also ranking third in career doubles (32). One more homerun would equal the all-time mark of 32 set by Jessica Clee '06. Welsh is finishing a college career that has seen her been named both an All-PCSC player and All-PCSC academic honor roll award-winner.
The Cardinal (32-16; 6-12 Pac-12) have had a tough go of things in the Pac-12, but are still ranked No. 19 nationally by the NFCA. That will tell you how strong the Pac-12 is in softball. No. 1 Cal and No. 2 Arizona State swept Stanford in three-game series this season, with the Sun Devils doing so last weekend in Tempe. Those three losses at ASU, coupled with a road loss to San Jose State on April 17, have the Cardinal trying to snap a four-game losing streak tonight.
"Two kids I can always count on," says SCU head coach Lisa Mize about her two seniors, Kristin Welsh and Briana Knight. "They always showed up to the field ready to work hard, were always positive through our ups and downs ... two key players that are really important to our softball history here."
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 (May 1)
**St. Mary's (15-4) 26-21
San Diego (13-7) 26-19
Sacramento State (10-9) 27-19
LMU (10-10) 32-21
CSU Bakersfield (6-14) 13-39
Santa Clara (5-15) 11-42
**Portland State (15-5) 25-23
Utah Valley (10-10) 29-22-1
Northern Colorado (10-10) 25-27
Weber State (10-10) 21-32
Seattle (8-12) 15-28
Idaho State (7-13) 12-36
**St. Mary's will host Portland State in the 2012 PCSC Championship Series May 11-12 in Moraga
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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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