Bronco Baseball off to a good start.

Updated on April 6, 2018 in General Athletics
8 on March 6, 2018

Maybe things are turning around for Bronco Baseball.  While Utah may be weak, they are a PAC 12 school and a sweep was very nice.  Our pitching seems to be much improved this year, and the 8-4 record, with series wins over Wake FOrest and Utah is very good. We have had some come from behind wins, a rareity over the last few years.  I am mildly optimistic about SCU being near the top of the WCC and making the WCC tournament.

Maybe soccer (W and M) and womens volleyball arent the only sports at SCU.  Hope springs eternal.

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Agree…it’s a long season but i’m cautiously optimistic.

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Utah was not that bad of a team and think they out hit us in two of the three games though I am not sure about the opener.     Does anyone know the nature of injury to last years center fielder Nnebe and how long he will be out??

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I know in recent years there’s been some promising non-conf stretches with brutal in league seasons. One year we won one league game after a decent out-of-conference stretch. USD looks good again, but Pepp is still sorting out the pieces with a new coach taking over for a long timer? I could have that wrong, speaking from memory. 

Utah is 0-10 but like you mentioned, has been better even in the recent past as is a Pac-12 team (it’s the Pac-11 in baseball, so to speak, Colorado has no baseball team). We’ll get the annual here and there mid-week series with Stanford, one game at Cal, as well as a late full series @Washington State in April. That’s a full 9 games against the Pac-12. 

Wake is in the tough ACC… for those who love obscure college sports trivia, Wake Forest won the college world series in 1955. I’ve several family members go to WFU- the smallest power conference school by enrollment. 

I think the 2 here 2 there series with Sac State will be a good barometer. They’re typically decent at baseball, and thus a good local barometer. They’ve dropped off since Rhys Hoskins graduated, however. 

I’m hopeful for the year and will be watching more closely than usual- which is easier now, given they have a stream with a commentator, which wasn’t true even 3 or 4 years back. It will come down to league wins of course. SCU baseball has a rich history, with more NCAA appearances all time (12) than basketball (11). The bane of our existence of course, is that the non-NCAA appearance streak in baseball is only slightly shorter than basketball (1997 compared to 1996). 

I’ve been impressed with Filter, whose speciality is pitching (coaching both Appel and Strasburg). I have no problem borrowing a guy from The Farm, in fact I quite like it- they quietly run a great baseball program up there. Refreshing in any sport to have the best league record in any sport after a few weeks of play. 

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Maddog, baseball has had a nice start but beware because as noted although the teams have big names the records speak for themselves.  I will say it’s nice to W’s instead of L”s, I will choose to be cautiously optimistic. 

I will say you must have not paid attention the past couple of seasons because W Volleyball has been about average to below average with 0 NCAA Appearances and M Soccer has been downright embarrassing.  Some people have pointed out Renee’s tough talk on coaches not producing has been awfully quiet when it comes to M Soccer and a lesser extent W Volleyball. 

on March 7, 2018

Insider, I realize that W Volleyball has had a rough couple of years, though I think 2 years ago the injury to our setter was a major blow as they were off to a good start then lost all momentum.  Men’s soccer has been so-so for several years but given the state of other men’s sports, they have been the best, or least worst.  Essentially Women’s soccer is the only sport to be consistently very good.  W Volleyball probably #2.  Softball is the only I sport making men’s basketball look good.

In regards to baseball, I agree its early and I said I am mildly optimistic.  I do like W’s more than L’s so, that said, Go Broncos!!!

on March 7, 2018

Plus the baseball team has had a national player of the week (Jake Brodt), who hit two grand slams and another homer in a single game. I think the 3B (Cresto) homered in five straight, and the pitching has been decent. No one is throwing many innings early in the year, so these guys should not be arm weary 2/3 of the way through the season. Over the next ten games they will travel to USD, who’s usually pretty decent. 5-6 wins might well be a portent of one program improving.

 

on March 8, 2018

In general I agree our athletic department has underperformed as a whole . We sit comfortably in Silicon Valley and the school kind of sells itself regardless of athletics. We are not too dissimilar from the nations that sit on vast natural resources but never really innovate because we don’t have to. We will always have an endowment that dwarfs just about all the WCC schools so we might claim we want to go all in athletics to boost our national profile, but there is a big difference between “wanting”  to go all in and “needing” to go all in.

As for Women’s Volleyball and Men’s Soccer, both coaches have proven they can win. Coach Wallace even took the program to a Final Four. I think most of what has ailed Santa Clara athletics is more structural in nature.

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Baseball has definitely cooled off, but they are still having a pretty solid season.  I think it shows that if you have a nice facility and bring in a good coach, you can be successful.  Hopefully the AD holds all of the programs accountable and makes changes when the teams are under performing.  I think the other half of it is improving the facilities, the varsity weight room is way too small and unimpressive.  If we can get the new facility built, all teams should have the chance to be successful.  With the new dorm, improvements to Benson, the new STEM complex, the school is definitely moving in the right direction.  I love the enhanced focus on athletics, I think we are all just anxious to see results.  

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