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players shaking hands after win
Super Regional - Game 3 vs. Cabrillo - 2-1 Win and Super Regional Series Win, May 11 2014.

2014 Season Highlights

  • 2nd Place in Big 8 Conference
  • Ranked 3rd in northern California
  • Ranked 6th in State
The 2013-2014 Bear Cubs compiled an overall record of 29-14 and 13-8 in conference play to take second in the Big 8 and earned a no. 3 seed in northern California.  The Bear Cubs won the Regional (vs. San Mateo) and the Super Regional (vs. Cabrillo) match-ups to advance to the final 8 in the state of California.  The Bear Cubs were denied an opportunity to advance to back-to-back State Championship Tournament by conference foe San Joaquin Delta.  The Bear Cubs finished 6th in the state and no. 3 in the northern California rankings.  After completing a successful 2014 campaign a strong number of Bear Cubs were recognized for having a great season.                                      
First Team Big 8 Conference pitching selections were awarded to starting hurler Brett Obranovich and relief pitcher Anthony Bender.  Obranovich (Napa HS) led the way with an 8-1 record and a 1.86 earned run average. The sophomore threw in 15 games this season, pitched 72.2 innings, and struck out 45 batters. Relief Pitcher Bender (Case Grande HS) finished first in the Big 8 in saves with 7 and third in ERA at 0.67.  Sophomore infielder Chase Stafford, a First Team selection, played well in the field committing only five errors and was counted on for consistent offensive production out of the three hole in the order.  Stafford (Casa Grande) led the club with 48 hits and a .329 average. Sophomore outfielder Matt LoCoco, another Sonoma County product from Piner High, was also a First Team selection. The hard-hitting LoCoco tied for second with 43 hits, 15 RBI's, 2 home runs and second in the Big 8 with 17 stolen bases. Brandon Hagerla,  Petaluma High, was awarded Second Team Big 8 honors. The big 6'2" right-hander posted 1.79 era. Hagerla was 8-2 and was a workhorse in the rotation, throwing in 105 innings and allowing only 13 free passes.  

Baseball: All Conference Honors
Brett Obranovich, 1st Team (Starting Pitcher)
Anthony  Bender, 1st Team (Relief Pitcher)
Chase Stafford, 1st Team (Infielder)
Matt LoCoco, 1st  Team (Outfielder) 
Brandon Hagerla, 2nd Team (Starting Pitcher) 

2015 Season Preview

In his 12th season as head coach, Damon Neidlinger is excited about the team's potential in 2015.  The Cubs will have strong sophomore leadership on the mound and return both starting and relief pitching from a staff that finished second in the state with a 1.89 team ERA.  In the field the Bear Cubs lose seven starters and will look to returners, red shirts, and incoming freshmen to replace a defense that finished second in the state in fielding percentage.

Program History
  • 2013 3rd in the State
  • 2005 CCCAA State Champions

Santa Rosa Junior College Baseball has produced 21 junior college All Americans and numerous professional baseball players, including four Major Leaguers. More than 130 Bear Cub athletes have transferred to four year institutions, including 61 on Division I scholarships. SRJC baseball has competed in three State Tournaments (1999, 2005, & 2013).  The Bear Cubs continue a rich and proud tradition of developing successful players to go on to the four-year level.  The Bear Cubs history also includes World Series Champion Jonny Gomes of the Boston Red Sox, Jason Lane, NCAA DI World Series Champion (USC) and 2005 World Series, Houston Astros. Other highlights include Olympian Kasey Olenberger, 2004 Summer Olympics, and the Italian National Baseball Team.