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Toreros Shutout CS Can Marcos 8-0 In Home Opener

Feb. 16, 2007

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's softball team posted an 8-0 shutout against the Cal-State San Marcos Cougars.

The Toreros jumped off to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back. Freshman Carey Casciola singled into centerfield and stole second base. Freshman Jennifer Ellenbeck cracked a homerun out of left field.

San Diego played four solid innings of defense holding the Cougars to four hits. USD's hit parade started in the bottom of the fifth inning when San Marcos committed two errors and allowing six runs.

Freshman Keely Helbock started off the inning smashing a double into left field. Both senior Virginia Fritsch and freshman Danielle Duhart grounded out the shortstop, however Helbock advance to third. Junior Nichole Valenzuela hit a shot up the middle getting on first base and allowing Helbock to score. Casciola singled again to the outfield moving Valenzuela over to third base. Ellenbeck got on base on an error by the Cougar third baseman and advanced to third base allowing Valenzuela and Casciola to score bringing the Torero lead to 5-0.

Senior Danielle Treiber singled and advanced to second on an error by the catcher allowing Ellenbeck to cross home plate. Junior Kathleen Bonja then singled to centerfield allowing Treiber to score. Alicia Massei got on after being struck by a pitch moving Bonja to second base. Helbock appeared at the plate again hitting a single to right field advancing Massei to third and allowing Bonja to score the final run sealing the 8-0 victory.

For the Toreros, Ellenbeck finished 1-for-3 with two runs scored, four RBI and one homerun. Helbock hit 2-for-3 with one run scored and one double. Casciola hit 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Senior Christina Haake pitched a complete game allowing only four hits, striking out three batters, and is now 1-0.

With the win, San Diego moves to 2-2 overall. The Toreros return to the diamond on Thursday, February 22 at 5:00 p.m. to face the University of Oregon softball team at the USD Softball Complex.