Season's First Road Series Awaits Baseball at CSU Bakersfield

Season's First Road Series Awaits Baseball at CSU Bakersfield

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara baseball hits the road for the first time this season when it travels to CSU Bakersfield for a four-game series at Hardt Field beginning Friday at 6 p.m.  The series continues with a doubleheader on Saturday at 2 and 6 p.m. and wraps up on Sunday at Noon.  

Santa Clara (2-5) at CSU Bakersfield (2-7)
Games #8-11
Bakersfield, Calif. | Hardt Field
All-Time Series: CSU Bakersfield leads 5-1.  The teams first played in 2011 and last played in 2012.  
 
PROBABLE STARTERS
Friday, March 1 • 6 p.m. PT 
SCU RHP Keegan McCarville (1-1, 3.86 ERA) vs CSU Bakersfield RHP Darius Vines (1-0, 2.25 ERA)
 
Saturday, March 2 • 2 p.m. PT (DH)
SCU LHP Brendan Ecklebarger (0-0, 4.15 ERA) vs CSU Bakersfield RHP Ethan Skuija (0-1, 2.45 ERA)
 
Saturday, March. 2 • 6 p.m. PT (DH) 
SCU TBA vs CSU Bakersfield 
 
Sunday, March 3 • Noon PT 
SCU TBA vs CSU Bakersfield
 
 
LAST WEEKEND
Santa Clara and Washington State split its four-game series at Stephen Schott Stadium last week.  The Cougars opened the series with a 10-0 win but the Broncos came back to take the second and third game of the series, 4-2 and 3-1, before Washington State closed out the series with a 10-6 win.  
 
Junior college transfer starters Brendan Ecklebarger and Keegan McCarville each picked up their first career wins for the Broncos.  The Bronco bullpen pitched well in the two wins with eight scoreless innings.  
 
Offensively, the Broncos freshman designated hitter Cam Allie got his first career starts and went 6-for-13 batting leadoff.  
 
ABOUT CSU BAKERSFIELD
The Roadrunners are coming off a 21-36 record in 2018 including 10-14 in WAC play to finish in sixth place under third year head coach Jeremy Beard.  CSU Bakersfield is 2-7 this season with one of its wins against Cal on opening day.  The Roadrunners feature 19 newcomers among its 35 roster players with 12 of them coming from the junior college ranks.  Senior third baseman/outfielder Noah Barba and senior catcher Jake Ortega were named to the Preseason All-Conference Teams by Perfect Game USA and College Baseball Daily.
 

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Live Stream / Video

Friday

Saturday DH1 (None)

Saturday DH2 (None)

Sunday

Live Stats

Friday

Saturday DH1

Saturday DH2

Sunday

Audio

Friday

Saturday DH1

Saturday DH2 (None)

Sunday

Santa Clara

Game Notes

Visiting Team

Notes
Roster
Schedule

 
FIRST YEAR IMPROVEMENTS UNDER HEAD COACH RUSTY FILTER
•Head coach Rusty Filter enters his second year with the Broncos, coming off a 26-26 season.  In his first season in 2018, the Broncos saw signifcant improvements in various categories from the previous season:
•Overall wins from 13 to 26 
•Average home attendance from 181 to 531
•Runs scored from 238 to 277
•Bases on balls from 155 to 190
•On-base percentage from .330 to .348
•Team ERA from 6.39 to 4.86
•Hits/extra-base hits allowed from 525/164 to 497/134
•Strikeouts from 373 to 401
•Fielding percentage from .958 to .968
 
STEPHEN SCHOTT STADIUM IMPROVEMENTS
Since the end of last season, Stephen Schott Stadium, the home of the Broncos, underwent the following field improvements:
•Resurfaced all the infield (dirt, grass, home plate).
•New astro turf with foul lines in the foul territory.
•New bullpens on both sides.
•New logo behind home plate.
 
2019 SCHEDULE QUICK HITS
•Prior to the season, the Broncos were scheduled to play 29 of its 53 regular-season games at Stephen Schott Stadium where they were 15-12 at home last season.  
•Opening day weekend's rain forced one game to be moved from San José State to Schott Stadium so the Broncos are now scheduled to play 30 games at home.  
•The Feb. 15 game at San José State was postponed with no make up date scheduled.  
•Santa Clara plays three Pac-12 conference teams - vs Washington State (Feb. 21-24), vs. Washington (April 15) and vs. Stanford (April 30) plus at Stanford on May 7.  
•Games against three 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifiers are on the docket - vs. Washington (April 15), vs Gonzaga (April 18-20) and vs Stanford (April 30) and at at Sanford (May 7) with the Huskies advancing to the College World Series.  
•Longest homestead is nine games from April 9-23. 
•Longest stretch of road game is six games from March 15-24.  
 
NEW LOOK ROSTER
•Twenty-one newcomers dot the Santa Clara roster this season including 14 freshmen and seven transfers (excluding two player with roster exemptions who will not play in 2019 due to injuries - Matt Erickson and Alec Olmsted).
•The newcomers include 11 pitchers (eight right-handed and three left-handed), one catcher, six infielders and three outfielders. 
 
NEWCOMERS IN ACTION
•Eighteen newcomers made their Bronco debuts on opening weekend along with RHP Matthew McGarry who sat out last season after transferring from Vanderbilt.  
•At least four newcomers have been in the starting lineup in each of the seven games this season.
•Freshmen Dawson Brigman and Matt Jew have started in the each of the first seven games.
•Brigman is the only player who has started in the same position this season (all at shortstop).  
•Jew went 6-for-12 in the San José State series including belting a solo home run in each game of the opening day doubleheader.  Jew safely reached base on nine of 15 plate appearances.  
•Brigman (vs. SJSU, Feb. 17), Jew (vs. SJSU, Feb. 17) and fellow freshman Blake Faddoul (vs. Washington State, Feb. 24) each have gone yard.  
•Junior college transfers Brendan Ecklebarger (Feb. 22) and Keegan McCarville (Feb. 23) picked up their first career wins against Washington State.
•Junior college transfer Ethan Heinrich earned his first career save against Washington State (Feb. 23).  
•Twin brothers Locke Bernhardt and Holden Bernhardt made their Bronco debuts in, appropriately, a twin bill against San José State on opening day (Feb. 16).  
 
HOME RUNS
•The Broncos have hit eight home runs collectively, all solo shots, by five different players (two each by Jew, Jason Dicochea and Jake MacNichols plus one each by Brigman and Faddoul).  The pitching staff has not given up a home run through the first seven games.  
 
BRONCO MLB DRAFT SELECTIONS UNDER RUSTY FILTER
•Four players from last season's squad was selected in the 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft:
•RHP Steven Wilson (8th round by the San Diego Padres)
•INF Jake Brodt (9th round by the Toronto Blue Jays)
•INF John Cresto (28th round by the Colorado Rockies)
•RHP Penn Murfee (33rd round by the Seattle Mariners)
•Newcomer Keegan McCarville, a right-handed pitcher, was selected in the 24th round by the Tampa Bay Rays but chose to attend Santa Clara.  
 
USA BASEBALL COACHING ASSIGNMENT
•This past summer, Filter served as the pitching coach for the inaugural USA Baseball 2018 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP) Stars team.  He was previously the pitching coach for USA Baseball's 18U National Team in 2017 as well as coaching at the 2015 and 2016 Tournament of Stars.  
 
MARK MARQUESS AT SANTA CLARA
•One of the premier coaches in college baseball history, member of American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, and gold-medal winning Olympic baseball coach, Mark Marquess was hired as Special Assistant to Santa Clara Director of Athletics, Renee Baumgartner, last fall.  In this new role, Marquess, who served as Stanford head baseball coach for 41 years and is the fourth winningest coach in Division I history, is a mentor for all Santa Clara coaches and staff, serving on campus committees, supporting development, and working on special projects. 
 
COACHING STAFF
•Head coach Rusty Filter is in his second season with Santa Clara.  Filter picked up his first career head coaching win on Feb. 17 against Boston College, 20-9.  
oEach member of his coaching staff is also in their second season with Santa Clara and all were 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.
 
•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 serves as the third base coach.
 
•Assistant coach BK Santy, a former catcher at Washington, coaches the catchers and outfielders as well as serving as the first 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 bullpen 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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