Baseball Faces Cal In Midweek Tilt

Baseball Faces Cal In Midweek Tilt
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara baseball will play 12 of its next 13 games on the road starting on Tuesday when it takes on Pac-12 conference's Cal Bears at 7:05 p.m. PT at Evans Diamond on the Berkeley campus.
Cal is 21-12 on the season under first year head coach Mike Neu.  The Bears picked up a midweek game win over West Coast Conference leading San Francisco last week before taking two out of three over the weekend against Washington State in Pullman, Washington where the Broncos will be traveling later in the week.  The Bears have now won three straight series.
The Bears are hitting .311 as a team and have slugged 37 home runs led by last season's Pac-12 freshman of the year, Andrew Vaughn, who is hitting .407, 15 home runs and 41 RBIs with an OBP of .554.  Cal has five hitters batting over .300 and eight over .287.
Cal pitching staff has a 4.23 ERA.  Tuesday's starter, right-hander Rogelio Reyes (3-1, 6.49 ERA) has 26 strikeouts in 26.1 innings.  Closer Tanner Dodson has eight saves on the season.  
This Week in Bronco Baseball
•Santa Clara (15-18, 4-11 WCC) goes on the road to play four games, all against Pac-12 opponents starting with a midweek game against Cal (21-12).  The last meeting between the two programs was in 2013 when the Bronco fell 3-1 to the Bears.  Cal is 15-5 at home this season and Santa Clara is 4-6 on the road.  
•For the weekend series, the Broncos travel to Pullman, Washington to play Washington State.  
Last Week in Bronco Baseball 
•Santa Clara lost all four games last week at home.  On Tuesday, the Broncos lost to San José State, 9-3, in a non-conference game to split the home-and-home series with the Spartans.  
•In the weekend series against West Coast Conference foe Pepperdine, the Broncos were shutout 7-0 by the Wave in the series opener.  
•In game two, it was a pitcher's duel between Bronco starter Freddie Erlandson and Waves starter Jonathan Pendergast for the first five innings with neither pitcher allowing a run.  Erlandson retired 10 Waves at one point and Pendergast faced the minimum number of batters thru five.  Both teams scored two runs each in the sixth frame and it was a one run game in favor of the Waves heading to the ninth until they scored three more to put the game away, 6-2.     
•In the series finale, the Broncos nearly overcame a six-run deficit, scoring five in the bottom of the seventh.  With the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth, the Waves made a defensive gem at leftfield to thwart the Bronco comeback, to win 9-8.  
Series Information vs Cal
Game #34
Berkeley, Calif. | Evans Diamond
All-Time Series: Santa Clara trails 91-129-6.  The teams first played in 1897 and last played in 2013.
Probable Starters 
Tuesday, April 17 • 7:05 p.m. PT 
SCU RHP Cade Negley (1-0, 8.24 ERA) vs. Cal RHP Rogelio Reyes (3-1, 6.49 ERA)


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Marked Improvement
•Thirty-three games into the 52 game season, the Broncos have improved by two games in the overall win column and three games in the home win column thus far.  
•At this time there is no make-up game scheduled for the UC Davis game which was postponed back on March 13.  
•This week's against Cal and Washington State will be the 34 - 37th game of the season.  Of the 19 remaining games, including this week's games, only four games will be played at home (midweek game vs Cal Poly on April 24; and home finale vs Loyola Marymount from May 11-13) as the Broncos played a schedule front loaded with home games. 
Solid Start
•Santa Clara got off to a 13-5 start, its best start since the 2012 season when it went 13-3. 
•The Broncos won four consecutive series (2-1 series win over Wake Forest Feb.23-25; 3-0 sweep over Utah March 2-4; 3-1 series win over Sacramento State March 8-11;  and 2-1 series win over San Diego March 16-18) before losing the last series against Saint Mary's (March 23-25).  
•The Broncos are 4-1 in extra inning games this season with three of them coming off in walk-off fashion (Feb. 24 vs Wake Forest in 14 innings; March 4 vs Utah in 12 innings; March 8 vs Sacramento State in 10 innings, March 10 at Sacramento State in 10 innings).  It won its first four extra-inning games before losing to BYU on game one of the double header on April 6.
•After the hot start, the Broncos have struggled of late losing nine straight games, the longest such streak this season.
Joe Becht has reached base safely in all 33 games this season (Got a hit in 24 games, drew a walk in 8 games he did not get a hit in and was hit by a pitch in the other game he did not get a hit or walk).  
Grant Meylan's 20 consecutive games bases reached streak came to an end against Pepperdine on April 13.  
Evan Haberle had his team-high 11 game hit streak come to an end against Stanford (April 3).  
•Santa Clara had won six consecutive one-run games before losing to Saint Mary's, 6-5, on March 24.  The Broncos are now 7-5 in one-run games, losing  the last four.   
John Cresto hit a home run in four consecutive games, all solo shots, from Feb. 23 - 27.  He hit one in each game of the Wake Forest series as well as in the midweek game against Nevada.
•Closer Eric Lex recorded a save in three consecutive games from Feb. 27 - March 4.  
•After winning the first two midweek games, the Broncos have lost the last three. 
•Sixth-year senior right-handed pitcher Steven Wilson and senior first baseman Jake Brodt were named captains for the 2018 Santa Clara squad.  
Preseason Accolades
•Senior first baseman Jake Brodt and junior third baseman John Cresto were named preseason All-West Coast Conference.  Last season, Brodt was named first team All-WCC with Cresto being named honorable mention All-WCC.
Brodt's Two Grand Slams In One Inning
•Brodt hit two grand slams in the seventh inning on Feb. 17 against Boston College, becoming just the seventh Division I player to accomplish the feat since the NCAA began keeping records in 1957.  He is the first to do so since 2000 when T.J. Soto of Louisiana Tech did it against Western 
•Brodt's first grand slam came with the Broncos trailing 9-7 in the seventh inning and put them up for good.  His second grand slam came with the Broncos up 16-9.  In the first inning, Brodt hit a sacrifice fly for the first RBI of the game and in the sixth, Brodt hit a solo home run to finish the game 3-for-5 with three home runs and 10 RBIs.  
•The Huntington Beach, California native's two grand slams in an inning was featured on ESPN's SportsCenter and was named NCBWA National Hitter of the Week and Rawlings West Coast Conference Player of the Week. 
In Season Accolades
Jake Brodt has twice been named the WCC Player of the Week this season on Feb. 19 after his two grand slam in an inning game and a month later on March 19 after going 5-for-14 with three doubles, two home runs and drove in seven runs against San Diego while playing first and third base.  
Hit By Pitch
•On Feb. 17,  Boston College hit 10 Bronco players, tying an NCAA Division I record along with Baylor vs. TCU, March 6, 2012; Saint Joseph's vs. Fordham, April 5, 2009; Washington vs. Rice, May 22, 1998.
•Seven Broncos were hit in an inning (in the seventh) of the Feb. 17 game, breaking the NCAA Division I record (Previous record: 6—Hawaii vs. Hawaii Hilo, Feb. 8, 1998 (eighth inn.)
•Santa Clara is 13th in the nation (out of 297) in being hit by a pitch with 60.  Florida A&M is first with 81.  
•Four Broncos - Jason Dicochea, Grant Meylan, Niko Holm, and Joe Becht - lead the team in HBPs with eight each.  
Coaching Staff 
•Head coach Rusty Filter is in his first season with Santa Clara.  Filter picked up his first career head coaching win on Feb. 17 against Boston College.
oEach member of his coaching staff is in their first season with Santa Clara and was selected in the MLB draft.
oFilter himself was selected in the 35th round of the 1990 MLB draft by the Toronto Blue Jays as a pitcher. 
oFilter will make the mound visits and signal pitching changes.  Filter coached third for two games this season (vs Pepperdine on April 13 & 14)
•Assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Jon Karcich coached alongside Filter at Stanford from 2015 – 17.   
oKarcich returns to his alma mater where he played for the Broncos from 2007 – 09 where he was a two-time All-West Coast Conference honoree.
oKarcich was selected in the seventh round of the 2009 MLB draft by the California Angels as an infielder.
oKarcich coaches the infielders and servesd as the bench coach for the first 30 games before coaching first starting with the Pepperdine series.
•Assistant coach BK Santy, a former catcher at Washington, coaches the catchers and outfielders as well as serving as the third base coach.  
oSanty was selected in the 30th round of the 2012 MLB draft by the Minnesota Twins as a catcher.
•Assistant coach Greg Gonzalez, a former pitcher at Fresno State, serves as the bench coach. 
oGonzalez was selected in the 15th round of the 2011 MLB draft by the San Diego Padres as a pitcher.
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