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Santa Clara Earns Split on Second Day of Stanford Invitational II

March 25, 2006

Stanford, Calif. - After dropping its first game to UC Davis on the second day of the Stanford Invitational II, Santa Clara bounced back with a hard-earned 3-1 victory over Princeton.  The contest between the Broncos and the Tigers was originally scheduled for 9 a.m., but wet field conditions pushed the game back and thus the first opponent of the day for Santa Clara was UC Davis.

Santa Clara improves its record to 11-18 this season after today's performance and will return to action tomorrow afternoon with a doubleheader against Cal Poly at Marsalli Park. Game time is set for noon.

Against the Aggies, Jackie Morales gave up eight hits on the day, resulting in a 4-0 loss. Hurler Lindsay Tognetti kept the Broncos off balance, limiting them to only two hits in the shutout win, while striking out 11 batters. On offense, Angela Kabanuck and Shannon Linerud registered one hit apiece to lead the squad. UC Davis earned a run early in the first inning and then added two more batters crossed home plate in the third to take a commanding 3-0 edge over Santa Clara. An insurance run in the fourth inning sealed SCU's fate.

Morales (2-3) took the loss, while Tognetti (4-3) picked up the win.

Rebounding from the loss, Santa Clara was the first to get on the scoreboard in the night game against Princeton. After starting off the second inning with a walk, Lineurd beat throw from first to third after Ashley Blier grounded out to shortstop. However, Princeton catcher Larkin Brogan came up with the ball halfway up the third-base line and with no one covering home, Linerud was able to cross the plate safely for the 1-0 edge

Princeton evened the score up with a run of their own in the bottom of the third inning, but Santa Clara quickly regained the lead in the fourth inning. Kabanuck started off the frame with a double to center field, and then scored after Jessica Clee's single went through to left field. The Broncos maintained the one-run lead until the sixth inning, when Kabanuck reached first off of a single. After stealing second base, Kabanuck advanced to third after Clee flied out. Linerud sent a laser down the left side of the field to score Kabanuck, resulting in the final score of 3-1 in favor of SCU. Kabanuck led the Broncos offense with three hits on the night.

Liz Courter (3-7) bounced back after yesterday's loss to Illinois to earn the victory after fanning eight batters, while Kristen Schaus (4-4) suffered the loss.