March 12, 2006
Sunnyvale, Calif. - On the final day of the NIST-Twin Creeks Tournament, the Santa Clara softball team combined for 19 hits in two games, but dropped an 8-5 decision to Nevada and a tough 6-5 contest to Iowa. Jessica Clee led Santa Clara on the day, with a 4-6 performance from the plate, with a homerun and four RBI, while Jackie Morales contributed three hits in six at bats. Clee's homer was her fourth of the season.
Santa Clara drops its record to 8-15 on the year and returns to action Tuesday with a doubleheader with visiting North Dakota State. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at Marsalli Park.
In the first game, Nevada used a strong opening to secure the 8-5 victory. The Wolfpack used four hits in the first three innings to stake out an 8-0 lead. After getting one run in the top of the fourth inning, Santa Clara entered the sixth inning determined to rally for the win. After Angie Kabanuck struck out, Clee reached first base on a single. Shannon Linerud then hit a triple, sending Clee across home plate. Ashley Blier then reached first base on a walk and Kate Goethals added three more runs to the Broncos' total thanks to a three-run homer. Unfortunately for the South Bay squad, they had runners at first and second, but Liz Courter grounded out to a double play to end their scoring run and Santa Clara was unable to muster any offense in the seventh inning to close out the game.
Robyn Ford-Feitz (1-0) picked up her first win of the year, while Jerrica Castagno (4-6) took the loss, striking out three batters.
Against Iowa, Santa Clara staked out a quick lead, but was unable to hang on for the win, ultimately falling 6-5. Brown started off the Bronco offense with a homerun for the quick 1-0 lead. Clee followed that up with a homerun of her own to make the score 2-0 after the first inning. The two teams then went scoreless until the Hawkeyes were able to get on the board in the fourth inning. Their big three-run inning propelled them on top, though the Broncos countered in the fifth inning. Linerud doubled, sending Kabanuck home all the way from second base to tie it up at 3-3. Unfortunately for Santa Clara, Iowa was able to generate a bit more offense down the stretch, as the South Bay school was outscored 3-2 in the final stages of the game.
Courter (1-5) went the distance in the game, striking out three batters, in the loss, while Brittany Wiel (7-4) picked up the win.