Aug. 12, 2002
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball continued its off-season success Monday afternoon when it announced that Scott Shapiro had made a commitment to pitch for the Broncos beginning with the 2003 season.
The 6'-6" right-hander hurler transfers to the Mission Campus from Vanderbilt University where he spent his freshman season playing for the Commodores. In his only year in the Southeastern Conference, Shapiro registered a 2-1 record in 14 appearances on the mound, striking out 13 in 19 innings of work. As a designated hitter, he appeared in 31 contests, batting .340 with five home runs and 30 runs batted in.
"Scott is a tremendous addition to our ball club," said Santa Clara head coach Mark O'Brien. "He is a big kid with a big time arm. He is someone who has good enough stuff to be one of the best pitchers in the league in his first year. I wouldn't be surprised if he is drafted within the first five rounds after he leaves Santa Clara."
Shapiro is a 2001 graduate of St. Augustine High School in Oceanside, Calif. He was drafted by the San Diego Padres following his senior season in which he posted an 8-3 record with a 1.80 ERA. He struck out 130 batters in only 75 innings of work while also posting a .450 batting average with six home runs and 40 RBI.
He becomes the second four-year college transfer that the Broncos have signed this summer. Will Thompson joined the squad on July 1 from the University of Arizona where he played in 32 games at first base for the Wildcats.