SDSU junior right-hander TJ Kendzora (0-0) and senior right-hander Travis Pitcher (0-0) will be the starting pitchers Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, against the Broncos. It is the first start this season for each pitcher, although they combined to make 17 starts for the Aztecs last year. Kendzora has logged one inning of relief so far. Pitcher has totaled 3.2 innings in two relief appearances. Santa Clara is expected to start senior right-hander Tommy Nance (0-0) in one of the games, but the Broncos haven't named their other starter.
The Santa Clara roster includes two local players — junior outfielder Casey Munoz (Cathedral Catholic) and junior right-hander DJ Zapata (Mission Hills). Munoz has started seven games in right field for the Broncos, batting .424 with eight RBI. Zapata (0-1) has made three relief appearances totaling three innings.
The Aztecs return home for a three-game weekend series Friday-Sunday against Seton Hall at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Pirates are off to an 0-5 start following two losses to North Carolina and three losses to East Tennessee State. The first 500 fans at Friday night's opener will receive Tony Gwynn Jr. replica jersey shirts.