April 15, 2006
Sacramento, Calif. - Yesterday, it was the sizzling offense of Angela Kabanuck that powered Santa Clara to a split against Pacific Coast Softball Conference rival Sacramento State, but today, it was the masterful pitching of Liz Courter that enabled the Broncos to earn a split on the road against the Hornets. In the first game, Courter only allowed one hit in an important 1-0 victory, while in the second game, Courter was unable to maintain her strong performance in the circle and the Hornets pelted her for seven hits on their way to a 4-0 victory.
Santa Clara's record now stands at 15-26 on the season, with a 4-4 mark in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference, and will return to action on Wednesday when No. 5 California visits Marsalli Park for a doubleheader. First pitch is set to go out at 3 p.m.
The first game of the day turned into a pitching dual between Courter and Jennifer Fryou, as the duo held each opponent scoreless until the sixth inning, when Santa Clara was able to get on the board. Shannon Linerud got things started with a single up the middle and advanced to second base after Kabanuck laid down a sacrifice bunt. Linerud then crossed home plate after Jessica Clee smashed a double down left center, and that would prove to be the winning margin for the Broncos. Courter (7-10) struck out seven batters on her way to picking up the win, while Fryou (1-1) was equally impressive in the circle, giving up only two hits on the day.
To start off the second contest, Sacramento State scored a run in the second inning to take control and never looked back, scoring three more runs by the end of the seventh inning, while holding Santa Clara to just two hits. Lineurd and Kabanuck generated the only offense for the Broncos, as they picked up one hit apiece. Courter took the loss, pushing her season record to 7-11, while Cassie Cervantes (10-4) struck out eight batters on her way to victory.