Baseball Returns Home, Hosts Brown Bears

Baseball Returns Home, Hosts Brown Bears

March 9, 2005


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Santa Clara (11-7) vs. Brown (0-4)

Game #19 • Fri., March 11 • Buck Shaw Stadium - Santa Clara, Calif. • 6 p.m.
Game #20 • Sat., March 12 • Buck Shaw Stadium - Santa Clara, Calif. • 1 p.m.
Game #21 • Sun., March 13 • Buck Shaw Stadium - Santa Clara, Calif. • 1 p.m.

Probable Pitching Matchups
3/11 - Santa Clara - RHP Kellan McConnell - Sr. (2-2, 5.03 ERA)
Brown - TBA
3/12 - Santa Clara - RHP Patrick Overholt - So. (0-1, 4.15 ERA)
Brown - TBA
3/13 - Santa Clara - RHP Mike Stutes - Fr. (3-2, 4.02 ERA)
Brown - TBA

This Weekend
The Santa Clara baseball team will return to Buck Shaw Stadium to begin a six-game homestand on Friday night when it hosts Brown University in a three-game series. The series marks the first time these programs have met on the diamond. Friday night's game will begin at 6 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday's contests will start at 1 p.m.

The Bears enter the week without a win on 2005 as they have posted a 0-4 record this season. Last weekend, Brown began its season at the Kennel Club Classic in Jacksonville, Fla. The Bears suffered losses to North Florida, Michigan State and two to Western Michigan. Brown was out-scored 56-23 over the course of the tournament.

Broncos Earn Series Win Against San Jose State
With rain becoming a factor in yet another Bronco series this season, Santa Clara claimed victories in the first two game of a three-game series against San Jose State last weekend. The series opener, which was scheduled to be played on Friday night at Municipal Stadium, was moved to Monday night due to wet weather in the Bay Area.

On Saturday, a three-run home run from Robert Perry lifted the Broncos past the Spartans to claim a 9-4 victory in the opener at Buck Shaw Stadium. As the series moved to Municipal Stadium, the Broncos used another three-run homer to take another win. Nathan Faulkner provided the winning runs in the top of the 11th inning to solidify a Bronco series win. The Spartans would take a 6-4 win on Monday night despite posting only four hits off the Bronco pitchers.

The series win captured three more points for Santa Clara in the annual Rivalry Series between the schools. SCU currently leads the standings, 24-4 over the Spartans.

McConnell and Watts Sweep WCC Honors
Kellan McConnell was named the West Coast Conference's Pitcher of the Week, while Kris Watts earned the conference's player of the week award on February 21 as SCU swept the weekly honors for this first time this season.

A senior right-handed pitcher, McConnell earned his first win of the season on February 20 as Santa Clara posted a 5-2 victory over then 12th-ranked Washington. The San Juan Capistrano, Calif. native threw a season-high 7.2 innings and allowed only one run on eight hits with a season-high 10 strikeouts.

Watts was also an instrumental part of two Bronco wins over the week as he led the team with a .556 batting average. The junior catcher paced SCU with 10 total bases, four RBI and a slugging percentage of 1.111. He also hit his first home run as a Bronco when his three-run round tripper provided the needed edge in a 7-4 victory over Sacramento State.

Stutes Dominates in February
Freshman right-hander Mike Stutes earned his third win in the month of February on Sunday as the Broncos defeated Cal Poly, 3-0. The Lake Oswego, Ore. native threw a career-high 8.1 innings, allowing only eight hits as he and Anthony Rea combined for the first SCU shutout of the season. He posted a career-high seven strikeouts and issued only one walk in the outing.

In the month of February, Stutes proved to be the most successful of the Broncos hurlers, posting a 3-0 record in four appearances. In 20.1 innings of action, he recorded 19 strikeouts and allowed only seven runs. His 2.66 ERA over the past month was the best among the Bronco starters.

Rea Earns Preseason Honors
After setting a Santa Clara record with 13 saves last season, senior right-handed pitcher Anthony Rea picked up numerous honors heading into the 2005 season. The National College Baseball Writers Association named Rea to its preseason All-America Second Team, while Collegiate Baseball named him to its third team. These awards follow 2004 second team All-America honors from the NCBWA. The Palo Alto native was also named to the Brooks Wallace Award Preseason Watch List. The award, which was given to Cal State Fullerton's Kurt Suzuki in its inaugural season a year ago, is awarded to the nation's top collegiate player by the College Baseball Foundation. In February, Rea was also named to the Roger Clemens Award Watch List and the Stopper of the Year Watch List, given to the country's top pitcher and reliever, respectively.

The Real-ini Deal
Second baseman Dustin Realini has proven to be one of the Bronco's biggest offensive weapons in the early part of the 2005 season. The only infielder to start every game this season, Realini paces the team, hitting .358. Batting either third or fourth in the lineup, Realini has become the Bronco's best run producer, driving in a team-high 16 runs. His four home runs also pace the team and the conference after hitting two against Cal Poly in the Saturday game of the series.

Consistent in Center
Center fielder Robert Perry has been the anchor of the Bronco outfield this season, starting all 18 games in the same position. A leader on the offensive end as well, Perry paces the team with 17 runs scored this season. Currently hitting in the lead-off spot, Perry also brings power to the plate with two home runs this season, which is tied for second on the team. He is also one of three Broncos to drive in double-digit runs this season with 11.

Up Next
On March 19, the Broncos will open West Coast Conference play at home against Pepperdine with a doubleheader on Saturday, beginning at noon. The series will continue with a Sunday contest at 1 p.m.

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