Posted: Mar 02, 2020
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara baseball is coming off a four-game series split against Sacramento State that concluded a stretch of eight straight games away from home, the longest such stretch this season going 3-5.
Over the weekend, the Broncos (8-5) won the first two games with some late game heroics pounding out double hit totals in both games before the Hornets took the last two to even the series.
In the first game of the series, the Broncos had four two-out RBIs including Connor Henriques' game-winner in the top of the ninth to claim a 6-5 series opening win over Sacramento State, followed by a late three-run rally to take the second game 4-2.
Santa Clara is averaging 5.4 runs per game while hitting .265 and rank second in the West Coast Conference with 120 hits (9.2 hits per game). Three hitters are batting over .300, led by Ryan McCarthy's .345 average. Jake MacNichols leads the team with six home runs and 17 RBIs and six other players have homered.
Freshman centerfielder Coleman Brigman has batted at leadoff since the second game of the season and safely reached base in 11 straight games while leading the team in stolen bases with five.
Seventeen pitchers have seen action on the mound, holding the opposition to a .217 batting average while posting a 3.73 ERA. Seven different hurlers have started in the first 13 games with Matthew McGarry and Freddie Erlandson having the longest outings to start the game with five innings (McGarry against Georgia on Feb. 21 and Erlandson against Sacramento State on Feb. 29). Travis Howard threw a Bronco pitching staff high 5.2 innings in relief against Georgia on Feb. 22.
Howard leads the staff in wins (three), innings pitched (12.2) and strikeouts (19). The versatile right-hander has one start in four appearances.
Ethan Heinrich has a team-high three saves and has not allowed a run in 8.2 innings.
Defensively, the Broncos have committed 11 errors on the season for a .977 fielding percentage.
Cal Poly (4-8) at Santa Clara (8-5)
Santa Clara, Calif. | Stephen Schott Stadium
All-Time Series: Santa Clara leads the series 46-44 dating back to 1956.
Tuesday, March 3 • 6 p.m.
ABOUT CAL POLY
Head coach Larry Lee is in his 18th year as the head coach at Cal Poly and has compiled a 545-427-2 record including this season where the Mustangs are 4-8. Two of those wins have come against Vanderbilt and Michigan who played in the title game of last season's College World Series.
The Mustangs brought back 10 of the 11 position players who started at least 20 games last season along with eight pitchers from a squad that finished second in the Big West Conference.
Cal Poly is hitting .226 with Myles Emmerson leading the way with a .319 batting average. The Mustangs are slugging at a .287 clip and 16 extra base hits with Cole Cabrera leading the team with two homers.
On the mound, the team has a 3.71 ERA with the opposition batting .242. Tuesday's starter Dylan Villalobos is a righ-hander with a 0-1 record and 11.74 ERA over 7.2 innings. He will be making his second start and seventh appearance on the year.
Defensively, they have committed 20 errors with a .956 fielding percentage.
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The 2020 schedule features games against four teams (No. 17 Stanford, No. 5 Georgia, No. 9 Arizona State and LMU) that qualified for the 2019 NCAA Baseball. Among the 55 regular-season games, 27 will be played at home in Stephen Schott Stadium and 28 on the road. 2020 schedule release.
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