April 9, 2006
San Diego, Calif. - The Santa Clara softball team earned a split this afternoon in their Pacific Coast Softball Conference open with host San Diego. In the first game, the Broncos won 3-1 thanks to a hit and two RBIs from Angela Kabanuck and in the following contest, dropped a 6-3 decision despite mustering nine hits overall.
Santa Clara's record in 2006 now stands at 12-23 and will return to the field tomorrow in a doubleheader against San Diego to complete the first weekend of PCSC action.
Starting pitchers Liz Courter and Christina Haake had quite the pitching dual going on in the first game, as neither team was able to score a run throughout the first five innings. Santa Clara broke through in the top of the sixth and scoring one run. Shannon Linerud got onto base after being hit by a pitch and a triple by Ashley Blier sent her home. San Diego countered with a run of their own to tie it up at 1-1 heading into the top of the seventh inning.
Finding herself in a bases-loaded situation, with Kate Goethals at third, Jackie Morales at second, and Jenny Brown at first, Kabanuck calmly knocked in a single to send Goethals and Morales across the plate. Those two runs would end up being enough as the Broncos held on for the 3-1 victory.
Courter improves her record to 4-10 after being named the winning pitcher, while Haake (3-6) picked up the loss.
In the second game, the host team got on board quickly, taking a 2-0 lead after only one inning. However, Santa Clara was able to break through in the fifth inning after scoring three runs. Courter started the inning by singling to left field and than advancing to second on a wild pitch. She then advanced to third after Overmier grounded out to the pitcher. Megan Chavez then hit a ball to second base and reached first on a fielder's choice; the Toreros tried to stop Courter from going home, but she was still able to score anyway. After Chavez was caught stealing second, Valerie Mock singled to center field and Brown followed that up with a single to right field, placing Mock at second base. Kabanuck, as in the first game, got two RBIs after her double scored both Mock and Brown.
Unforutnately for Santa Clara, its lead was short-lived, as San Diego was able to score four additional runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take the 6-3 lead, which eventually became the final maring.
Gina McFarland (3-2) was tabbed the winning pitcher, while Sara Overmier (2-3) took the loss.