Baseball Kicks Off Nine Game Homestand Against Wake Forest This Weekend

Baseball Kicks Off Nine Game Homestand Against Wake Forest This Weekend
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara baseball kicks off a nine game homestand with a three game series against Wake Forest this weekend.  The Broncos play 12 of its first 13 games in the friendly confines of Stephen Schott Stadium.  
Santa Clara (2-2) is coming off a 4-1 win on the road against San Jose State on Tuesday, which saw four pitchers, Luke Martin-Resnick, Freddie Erlandson, Cade Negley and Penn Murfee, combine to hold the Spartans to just four hits and one run.  Murfee closed out the game to earn his first save of his career.
In the season opening series against Boston College last weekend, the Broncos went 1-2, picking up head coach Rusty Filter's first win as a Bronco.  In the win on Feb. 17, Jake Brodt hit three home runs, including two grand slams in the same inning, which garnered national attention including being featured on ESPN's SportsCenter.  The two grand slams in an inning feat is something only six other Division I players have achieved since NCAA began tracking records and the first since 2000, earning him NCBWA National Hitter of the Week and Rawlings West Coast Conference Player of the Week honors.   
Series Information
Games #5-7 | Home Games #4-6
Santa Clara, Calif. | Stephen Schott Stadium
All-Time Series: First meeting
Probable Starters 
Friday, Feb. 23 • 6 p.m. PT
SCU RHP Steven Wilson (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. WF RHP Griffin Roberts (1-0, 3.00 ERA)
Saturday, Feb. 24 • 1 p.m. PT
SCU RHP Alex Waldsmith (0-1, 0.00 ERA) vs. WF LHP Carter Bach (0-0, 1.80 ERA)
Friday, Feb. 25 • Noon PT
SCU TBA vs. WF RHP Colin Peluse (1-0, 4.50 ERA)


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About Santa Clara
Veteran Team
•Offensively the Broncos have 10 players returning that started more than 20 games and 16 players that recorded an at-bat.
•Seven of those players started 30 or more games. 
•On the mound, the Broncos return nine pitchers including six who played last season, three returning from injuries (Steven Wilson, Freddie Erlandson, Travis Howard), along with a transfer from Vanderbilt (Penn Murfee). 
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.
•Sixth-year senior right-handed pitcher Steven Wilson and senior first baseman Jake Brodt were named captains for the 2018 Santa Clara squad.  
Grand Slam History 
•Brodt hit two grand slams in the seventh inning on Saturday 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. 
•Brodt is second in the nation in home runs (3) and third in RBIs (11).  
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.
•Broncos were also hit seven times in the seventh inning 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 second in the nation in being hit by a pitch with 16.  Texas is first with 22.  
•Sixth-year senior right-handed pitcher Steven Wilson made his first appearance out of the bullpen since 2014 in the season opener against Boston College (Feb. 16).  He will make his first start on Friday.  
•Wilson, redshirt sophomore right-handed pitchers Travis Howard and Freddie Erlandson returned to action in the season opening series against Boston College after missing all of last season due to injuries.
•Junior right-handed pitcher Luke Martin-Resnick and sophomore Alex Waldsmith each made their first career starts in the season opening series.  
Senior outfielder Anthony Geremia made his first career start at center field on Feb. 17.
•Erlandson was the pitcher on record in Rusty Filter's first win as Santa Clara head coach on Feb. 17.
•Sophomore Jason Dicochea hit his first collegiate home run vs San Jose State (Feb. 20).
•Fifth-year senior Penn Murfee picked up his first career save against San Jose State (Feb. 20) dating back to his days at Vanderbilt.  
First-Year Players
•Freshman right-handed pitcher Cade Negley made his Bronco debut when he came in relief on opening day (Feb. 16) pitching an inning and giving up a hit and striking out a batter.
•Freshman catcher Tony Boetto got a single in his first two at-bats on Feb. 17.  He also made his first career start against San Jose State (Feb. 20) behind the dish.  
Penn Murfee, a fifth-year senior transfer from Vanderbilt made his Bronco debut in relief on Feb. 17.  
About Wake Forest
• Wake Forest head coach Tom Walter is in his ninth season with the program.  He is one of two active head coaches in the country to lead three different programs (George Washington, New Orleans and Wake Forest) to the NCAA Division I Tournament, becoming just the seventh coach all-time to do so.
• The Deamon Decons are led by consensus preseason All-American Johnny Aiello and returning draftee Griffin Roberts, both juniors. Aiello blasted 20 homers - fourth-most in program history - while Roberts had a 2.19 ERA, eight saves and broke the program record in strikeouts per nine innings as the closer last year. 
• The Deacs are coming off their second Super Regional appearance, finishing a game away from the College World Series. Wake Forest finished the year with a 43-20 record and set program records in ACC wins (19), ACC series wins (eight), All-ACC honorees (nine), MLB Draft picks (eight) and home runs (106). 
• Wake Forest went 2-2 in the first weekend of play, defeating Georgetown, falling to Navy and splitting a doubleheader with Gardner-Webb.  They lost their midweek game to Davidson are now 2-3 on the season.
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 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 now 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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