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Santa Clara Splits on the Road with Sacramento State

April 14, 2006

Box Score

Sacramento, Calif. - 
Angela Kabanuck tallied three hits, including one homerun, to lead Santa Clara to a resounding 6-2 Pacific Coast Softball Conference victory over Sacramento State in the first game of a doubleheader.  In the following contest, the Broncos were only able muster two hits in an 8-0 loss.  Kabanuck was again the offensive force for Santa Clara, as she accounted for the only offense of the game.

Santa Clara improves to 14-25 on the year, with a 3-3 mark in the PCSC, and will return to action tomorrow to conclude its weekend series with another doubleheader with Sacramento State.

Sacramento State was the first to score in the opening game, taking a 1-0 lead after the first inning. Santa Clara countered in the second inning with a run of its own. Jenny Brown led off with a single up the middle and advanced to second after a pitch hit Ashley Blier. Kate Goethals laid down a sacrifice bunt to place Brown on third and Blier on second and Valerie Mock singled to left field that scored Brown.

The Broncos continued its scoring spree in the third inning by crossing three runners across the plate. Shannon Linerud got on base off of a fielding error and Kabanuck doubled to left center, scoring Linerud. Jessica Clee then stepped up to the plate and bombed a homer to right field, putting herself and Kabanuck across home plate.

Another run was scored in the fifth inning and an insurance run was added in the seventh. Sacramento State tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh inning, but was only able to score just one run. Liz Courter (6-10) struck out nine batters on her way to picking up her sixth victory of the year, while Nikki Cinque (9-10) took the loss.

In the second game, Hornets pitcher Sara Cervantes shut down the Broncos' offense and dominated the circle. Kabanuck recorded two hits, one in the third and one in the fifth inning. Jackie Morales and Sara Overmier gave up 10 hits, leading to eight runs in the game. Morales (2-6) took the loss, while Cervantes (9-4) picked up the win.