March 29, 2006
Fresno, Calif. - The Santa Clara softball team put up a good fight against No. 23 Fresno State tonight at Bulldog Diamond, but a potent offense by the home team was the difference as the Bulldogs took a two games from the Broncos, winning 4-0 in the first game and 8-0 in the second contest. Shannon Linerud led the way for SCU on offense, producing two hits on the night.
Santa Clara drops its record to 11-22 on the year and will return to action on April 6, when Oregon State visits Marsalli Park for a doubleheader. Game time is set for 1 p.m., with the second contest to begin approximately 20 minutes following the first one.
Right off the bat, Fresno State went on the offensive after scoring three runs in the first inning. Liz Courter started the game in the circle, but the Bulldogs pegged her for five runs and a 3-0 lead in only two thirds of an inning, prompting head coach Steve Rianda to replace her with Jackie Morales. Fresno State was able to connect for six runs off of Morales and scored an insurance run in the fourth inning to seal the win.
The Broncos were unable to solve the pitches of Fresno State's Robin Mackin, who limited the visitors to only three hits and no runs. Jessica Clee, Nori Kamada, and Shannon Linerud each got one hit off of Mackin in the game to account for Santa Clara's offense
Courter (3-9) picked up the loss for Santa Clara, while Mackin (17-8) earned the victory after striking out 10 batters.
In the following game, the score remained at zeros until the bottom of the second inning, when Fresno State tagged starting hurler Courter with two hits, which led to a 2-0 advantage. The Bulldogs were able to get three more batters across the plate in both the fourth and fifth innings to put the game away. Linerud accounted for Santa Clara's lone hit in the losing effort, as she singled to shortstop in the fourth inning.
Amanda Nesbitt (1-1) fanned five batters on her way to her first win of the 2006 season, while Courter absorbed the loss to take her record to 3-10 on the year.