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San Diego Wins Series Over Santa Clara With 9-8 Win

April 16, 2007

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego softball team (20-17, 4-4 PCSC) captured the series over the Santa Clara University (10-37, 3-5 PCSC), in a Monday morning make-up game defeating the Broncos 9-8 in a ten inning thriller on the road.

Santa Clara jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. USD battled back scoring one run in the first inning, three runs in the second and one run in the third for a 5-2 lead. Santa Clara scored a run in the fourth inning and four more runs in the fifth inning to recapture the lead 7-5. San Diego responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning tying the game at 7-7.

Neither team could push a run across until the 10th inning when Santa Clara scored to take an 8-7 lead.

Kaslin Tucker was placed on second base at the start of the inning as per the international tie breaker rule with Nichole Valenzuela up to bat. Valenzuela laid down a sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher for the first out and advancing Tucker to third base. Carey Casciola popped out to second base. Bonja Singled poked an RBI single through the left side allowing Tucker to score. With two outs and a runner on first base, Virginia Fritsch smashed an RBI double to right centerfield as Bonja made it three bases to score the winning run.

Defensively for USD, Jennifer Ellenbeck tallies the win moving to 9-3 overall and striking out three batters.

Offensively for the Toreros, Fritsch hit 4-for-6 with three RBI. Kathleen Bonja hit 4-for-6 as well with one RBI and one run scored. Nichole Valenzuela hit 2-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored.

The Toreros return to San Diego to take on cross town rival San Diego State on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at the Aztec Softball Complex. USD then continues conference play against Saint Mary's College with games on Saturday and Sunday at noon and 2:00 p.m.