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Ellenbeck's Homerun Seals Fifth Straight Victory For Toreros

March 15, 2007

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego softball team (12-10) hit 24-for-51 averaging .471 in their double header sweep of the Fairfield University Stags (1-7) Wednesday afternoon at the USD Softball Complex. USD defeated the Stags in game one 14-4 and turned around to defeat them 4-3. With the win, USD extends their winning streak to five games.

In game one, San Diego run-ruled the Stags in the fifth inning scoring one run in the first inning, six in the second, three in the third, and four runs in the fourth inning. The Toreros out hit the Stags 15-8 committing one error in the game.

The most exciting moment in the doubleheader came in the sixth inning of game two. Fairfield jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. San Diego responded in the bottom of the second inning tying the game 1-1. Both teams scored two runs in the third inning tying the game at 3-3. Jockeying for the lead, San Diego broke free in the bottom of the sixth inning when freshman Jennifer Ellenbeck sent a game-winner over the left field wall for a solo homerun. Then followed that by striking out her seventh batter of the night helping close out the inning in three outs for the 4-3 victory.

Offensively for USD, the Toreros Ellenbeck combined for 4-for-6 with three RBI, one homerun and one run scored. Kathleen Bonja combined for 4-for-6 with one double, four RBI, and three runs scored. Carey Casciola hit 3-for-5 with one double, two RBI, and three runs scored. Nichole Valenzuela hit 3-for-6 with two doubles, and five runs scored.

Defensively for the Toreros, Ellenbeck pitched her fourth complete game of the season allowing only three runs on eight hits, while striking out seven batters. Ellenbeck moves to 5-2 on the season. Christina Haake pitched her third complete game of the season allowing four runs on eight hits striking out four batters in five innings of work. Haake moves to 5-3 on the season.

With their fifth consecutive win, the Toreros take to the road for a five game swing in the Midwest where they will face Oklahoma State University (15-16) back in Stillwater, Oklahoma. USD will face the cowgirls three times in two days, once on Friday and a doubleheader on Saturday.