March 15, 2006
Santa Clara, Calif. - The hot hitting of Sara Overmier wasn't enough to carry Santa Clara past visiting Miami (Ohio) University this afternoon at Marsalli Park, as the Broncos fell to the RedHawks 8-4. Overmier hit her first triple of the season in the second inning and improved upon that in her next at bat with her first homerun of the year. In addition to Overmier, Santa Clara received two hits apiece from Jessica Clee and Jackie Morales as the home team tallied 12 hits overall, although Miami countered with 13.
Santa Clara drops its record to 10-16 on the year and returns to action next weekend at the Stanford Invitational II, where it will face Illinois on Friday afternoon and Princeton and UC Davis on Saturday.
Miami took a quick 1-0 after the second inning, but Santa Clara was able to come right back in the bottom of the second inning to even the score at 1-1. Jackie Morales got things started with a laser to center field that resulted in a single. Sara Overmier then rifled a triple down the right field line to send Morales across the plate.
In the top of the third inning, the RedHawks regained control by scoring two runs for a 3-1 advantage, but the Broncos rallied back in their next at bat. Jenny Brown was first up and promptly nailed a single to right center and advanced home thanks to a triple by Jessica Clee that went down the right field line. Santa Clara lost another scoring opportunity after Clee was caught stealing home, but Meghan Chavez rechared her team by reaching first base on a well-placed bunt up the left line. Chavez then advanced to second on a passed ball and tied the game at 3-3 after a single by Blier sent her home.
In the following inning, Overmier continued her strong streak by blasting a homerun down the left field line to give the Broncos the slim 4-3 edge. Unfortunately, the RedHawks were able to mount an offensive attack in the top of the fifth inning, scoring four runs to take a commanding 7-4 lead. A homerun by Natalie Savona added an insurance run for Miami in the seventh frame to account for the final 8-4 margin.
Liz Courter (2-6) took the loss, as she and starting hurler Jerrica Castagno teamed up to strike out seven batters. Melissa Kail (4-5) picked up the win after relieving starting pitcher Courtney Salmon in the second inning.