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Broncos Outlast Toreros 7-6 Down in San Diego

April 9, 2006

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San Diego, Calif. - Despite dropping the first game of a doubleheader with San Diego this afternoon, Santa Clara stormed back in the second contest to snatch a 7-6 victory.  Jenny Brown knocked in a single in the bottom of the eighth inning to score Jessica Clee and Shannon Linerud, enabling the Broncos to come away with a 2-2 mark over the weekend.  In the first contest, the Broncos gave up 10 hits en route to an 8-1 loss to the Toreros.

Santa Clara's record in 2006 now stands at 13-24, with a 2-2 mark in the PCSC, and will return to action next Friday and Saturday with two doubleheaders on the road in a PCSC match-up with Sacramento State. Start time on both days is scheduled for noon.

In the first game of the day, San Diego jumped out to an 8-0 lead before Santa Clara was able to get on the board. In the sixth inning, Jessica Clee homered to right field to account for the Broncos only run of the game. Despite the lack of scoring, SCU had multiple chances to score, as it scattered four hits in seven innings, while leaving five runners stranded.

Jackie Morales (2-5) was tagged with the loss, while Erin Harmonson (8-7) picked up the win.

In the following contest, Santa Clara jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning thanks to a Torero fielding error that allowed Megan Chavez to cross home plate from third base. San Diego responded in the top of the fourth inning by scoring three runs, though Santa Clara closed the gap after picking up another run in the bottom of the fourth inning. In a bases-loaded situation, Shannon Linerud knocked in a single to left field that scored Sara Overmier.

San Diego added another run in the sixth inning to make the score 4-2, although Santa Clara countered with a two-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie things up at 4-4. Linerud picked up her second and third RBI of the game after her single to right field sent Nori Kamada and Jillian Cassel across the plate.

After both teams were unable to score in the seventh inning, San Diego took a 6-4 edge after scoring two runs in the eighth inning and put themselves in seemingly good position for the sweep. However, Santa Clara buckled down on offense and produced three hits that lead to three runs, securing the game. In addition to Brown's game-tying and game-winning single, the Broncos also received a run after Clee hit a single up the middle that allowed Brittany Pucci to cross home plate all the way from second base.

Courter (5-10) fanned nine batters on her way to a win, while Christina Haake (3-7) took the loss.