April 19, 2006
Santa Clara, Calif. - The Santa Clara softball team fell just short of pulling off one of the biggest upsets in program history this afternoon, dropping a close 4-3 decision to No. 6 California this afternoon at Marsalli Park. Jessica Clee led the Bronco charge, as she bombed her eighth homerun in an impressive 3-of-4 performance today. Angela Kabanuck continued her strong streak of offensive games, as she contributed two hits in the losing cause.
Santa Clara drops its overall record to 15-27 on the year and will return to action this weekend against Pacific Coast Softball Conference rival Portland State. Game times for Saturday and Sunday's doubleheader is slated for noon. The Broncos are currently in third place in the PCSC with a 4-4 mark and will attempt to hand the Vikings (5-0 PCSC) their first league loss.
California got on the board early in the second inning after scoring two runs and soon made it 3-0 after tacking on another run in the third. Santa Clara had a great opportunity in the bottom of the first inning, as the bases were loaded with only one out after Jenny Brown drew a walk from California pitcher Lauren Frankiewicz, advancing Clee and Kabanuck to second and third base, respectively. However, Frankiewicz struck out Sabrina Franks and Jillian Cassel to end the scoring threat.
Santa Clara began its rally in the third inning and cut into California's lead. Kabanuck got on base after an error allowed her to reach first base. Clee followed that up with a single to left center and Kabanuck's speed carried her through to third base. Clee took advantage of Cal's attention to Kabanuck and headed to second. With runners at second and third, Brown knocked a single to left field, scoring Kabanuck.
In the top of the fifth inning, California added another run and took a 4-1 edge as Santa Clara prepared to bat. Kabanuck got the fifth inning started with a single to left field. Clee then unleashed a homerun to cut the Broncos' deficit to just one. At that point, California replaced Frankiewicz with All-American pitcher Kristina Thorson and the All-American proceed to shut down Santa Clara's offense. In three innings, she only allowed one hit and her pitching enabled the Golden Bears to come away with the narrow 4-3 victory.
Jackie Morales (2-7) was saddled with the loss after giving eight hits and four runs, while Frankiewicz (11-1) picked up her 11th win of the season after striking out seven. Thorson took the save and fanned four batters in the process.