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Santa Clara Opens Up Stanford Invitational II with 6-1 Loss to Illinois

March 24, 2006

Box Score

Stanford, Calif. - On a day where weather wrecked havoc on the entire Bay Area, the Boyd and Jill Smith Stadium on the campus of Stanford University remained sunny and dry, enabling Santa Clara to open up the Stanford Invitational II with a 6-1 loss to Illinois this afternoon.  The Broncos had six hits in the losing effort, with Jackie Morales totaling two hits to lead the way.

Santa Clara falls to 10-17 on the year and returns to action for Day 2 of the Stanford Invitational II tomorrow. At 9 a.m., Santa Clara will face off with Princeton, followed by an 11 a.m. match-up with UC Davis.

Starting hurler Liz Courter was able to hold Illinois at bay until the bottom of the third inning, when the Fighting Illini exploded for three runs to take a lead they would never relinquish. In the top of the fourth, the Broncos were able to cut into that lead, when Sabrina Franks singled to left field, which allowed Sara Overmier to cross home plate from third base.

Illinois added to its run total after scoring one in the fourth inning, followed by two more insurance runs in the fifth to push its advantage over Santa Clara to 6-1. The Broncos were unable to provide much of an offensive attack to counter the Fighting Illini's bats, mustering only one hit in the final three innings.

Courter (2-7) picks up the loss, fanning three batters, while Claire DeVreese (8-5) picked up the victory.