Baseball Hosts UC Davis on Tuesday

Baseball Hosts UC Davis on Tuesday

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - After playing a season long six-games on the road, Santa Clara baseball returns to the friendly confines of Stephen Schott Stadium for a midweek tilt against UC Davis on Tuesday with the first pitch at 6 p.m.  The game was originally scheduled for Monday but was rescheduled.

This is the first meeting between the two squads this season after its game on March 5 was postponed due to inclement weather in Davis, California.  That game is yet to be rescheduled.

UC Davis (6-10) at Santa Clara (3-18)
Game #22
Santa Clara, Calif. | Stephen Schott Stadium
All-Time Series:  The Broncos lead the series 41-31-1 dating back to 1924.
 
PROBABLE STARTERS
Tuesday, March 26 • 6 p.m. PT 
UC Davis RHP Blake Hannah (1-2, 9.00) vs SCU RHP Locke Bernhardt (0-0, 3.94)
 
LAST WEEKEND
Santa Clara lost last weekend's series at CSUN, falling by scores of, 14-8 in Friday's series opener, 2-0 on Saturday and 7-2 in the series finale on Sunday.  
 
On Friday, the Broncos jumped to an early 4-0 lead with ace Keegan McCarville on the mound.   But the Matadors scored four runs each in the third and fourth innings and went on to win 14-8 even though the Broncos out hit the Matadors 13 to 12.  Sophomore Tony Boetto drove in a career-high 4 RBIs in the game.  
 
On Saturday, Russell Grant II and Ethan Heinrich combined to hold CSUN to just one earned run but were outdueled by Wesley Moore and Blake Schriever who shut out the Broncos 2-0.
 
In the series finale on Sunday, CSUN scored in four of the first five innings to take a 7-0 lead before closing out the weekend with a 7-2 win.
 
Junior Jason Dicochea  went 4-for-12 in the series including a solo home run, his third of the season, on Sunday.  Redshirt junior Ryan McCarthy (4-for-12) and freshman Matt Jew (4-for-10) also collected four hits in the series.
 
ABOUT UC DAVIS
The Aggies are 6-10 this season and will be playing its first game since March 13.  UC Davis has lost the last six games with four of those losses coming against WCC opponents and are winless on the road at 0-7.  
 
UCD is coming off a 18-35 record in 2018 including 9-15 in Big West play to finish eighth under eighth-year head coach Matt Vaughn (161-235-1).
 
Tanner Murray leads the team in hitting with a .379 average and is one of three Aggies with 11 RBIs, one behind the team leader Garret Kelly's 12.  Kelly leads the Aggies with three homers.  Collectively, the Aggies are hitting .261 and are aggressive on the basepaths swiping 29 bags in 41 attempts.  
 
The Aggies pitching staff owns a 5.78 team ERA and opponents are hitting .315, giving up 168 hits in 16 games.  
 

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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 and added an extra home game against Omaha so the Broncos are now scheduled to play 31 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, which the Broncos just completed going winless.  
 
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.  
•In all, 19 newcomers have seen action this season, the last one being John Hanley, who made his Bronco debut as a pinch-hitter against LMU (March 17).  
•At least three newcomers have been in the starting lineup in each of the 21 games this season.
•Freshmen Dawson Brigman has started in the each of the first 21 games.  Freshman Matt Jew has started the second most games among newcomers with 19.
•Brigman and Connor Henriques are the only players who have started in the same position this season (21 games for Brigman at short & 16 games for Henriques at third).  
•Jew went 6-for-12 in the season opening series against San José State 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). 
-Holden made his first start on the mound on Sunday against CSUN (March 24) and Locke will follow suit making his first start on Tuesday against UC Davis (March 26). 
•Prior to his last start at CSUN on March 22, McCarville had allowed just three runs in his last four starts spanning 24 1/3 innings, striking out 21 and walking just five.  His record was 2-1 in the span.  
 
HOME RUNS
•The Broncos have hit 15 home runs collectively by six different players (six by MacNichols, three each by Jew and Jason Dicochea plus one each by Brigman, Faddoul and Nnebe).  
•The first 12 home runs hit by the Broncos were all solo shots until Jake MacNichols' 3-run shot against LMU (March 16).  
•Thirteen of the 15 home runs this season have been solo shots.  
•The pitching staff has given up six home runs through the first 21 games including just two in the first 18 games.  
 
STREAKS
•Junior Jason Dicochea has a nine-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in the last 13 games.   
•Junior Jake MacNichols hit a home run in three consecutive games (Feb. 23 - March 1).  
 
NOTABLE
•Brendan Buckley threw a career-high 5 1/3 innings in relief against LMU (March 16) after tossing five innings in his previous appearance vs Omaha (March 9).  Coming off an injury last season, the redshirt sophomore has allowed just two earned runs in 18 1/3 innings this season.  His 0.98 ERA ranks 33rd in the nation.  
Jake MacNichols is second in the WCC with six home runs.  
Matthew Calhoun and Connor Henriques are third in the league lead in sacrifice bunts with five.  
•Bronco closers redshirt senior Eric Lex and junior Ethan Heinrich have combined for three saves and have not allowed an earned run in 14 1/3 innings while striking out 19.  
 
SCHEDULE
The 2019 schedule features games against three teams (Washington, Gonzaga and Stanford) that qualified for the 2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament with the Huskies advancing to the College World Series.  Among the 53 regular-season games, 29 will be played at home in Stephen Schott Stadium and 24 on the road.  2019 Schedule Release. *Note, the schedule has undergone some undates since the release.  For the latest, check the schedule page
 
TICKETS
Season or single-game tickets are available. Click here to purchase online or contact the ticket office in Leavey Center weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (408) 554-4660 or BroncoTickets@scu.edu. Group discounts are also available through our ticket office sales and service consultants. Gates to Stephen Schott Stadium, as well as its ticket booth, are open one hour prior to the start of the game.
 
PARKING
Parking is available in the Guadalupe lot, adjacent to 455 El Camino Real. The Guadalupe lot is reserved beginning 60 minutes before game time through the end of the event for free parking. Baseball parking is no longer allowed in the lot behind Schott Stadium's left field wall. Overflow parking is available in the Leavey Center lot. Spectators that plan to arrive more than an hour prior to game time on weekdays are encouraged to purchase a parking permit for the Leavey lot. All SCU lot parking is free on weekends. ADA parking is available in the lot directly in front of the main gates; there is no general public parking in this lot. Follow signs for parking instructions. Click here for a campus parking map.
 
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