April 29, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - The Santa Clara softball team split their first doubleheader with Loyola Marymount this afternoon in Pacific Coast Softball Conference action. The Broncos took the first game 3-0 as Liz Courter pitched the full seven innings, while the Lions returned the favor with a 10-4 victory in the second contest. Jenny Brown lead SCU today at the plate, tallying three hits, two of them doubles, in two games.
Santa Clara now stands at 19-31 overall in 2006, with a 6-8 mark in the PCSC, and will return to action tomorrow afternoon in another doubleheader against Loyola Marymount. Game time is set for noon.
The Broncos got on the scoreboard right off the bat in the first inning. Shannon Linerud got onto first base after being hit by a pitch and advanced to second after Angela Kabanuck laid down a sacrifice bunt. Jessica Clee sent Linerud across home plate after doubling to left center, giving the visitors a quick 1-0 lead.
For the next five and a half innings, starters Liz Courter and Tiffany Pagano, the reigning PCSC Pitcher of the Year, were deadlocked in a pitcher's dual, as neither team was able to garner a run off of them. It wasn't until the top of the seventh inning that another runner from either team crossed home plate and luckily for Santa Clara, it was able to produce two more runs in its final at bats to secure the victory. Nori Kamada started things off with a walk and then reached second base after Linerud grounded out to second base. She then advanced to third thanks to Kabanuck's ground out to second base. Clee then walked to get runners at the corners and then Jenny Brown sent both runners home after she hit a laser down the left field line. With Santa Clara holding a 3-0 advantage in the bottom of the seventh inning, Courter shut down the Loyola Marymount offense to seal the victory for her squad.
Courter struck out six batters on her way to her ninth victory of the season to improve to 9-13, while Paganos (11-10) took the loss despite striking out six on the game. In the low scoring-affair, the Broncos collected two hits on the day, both doubles by Brown and Clee.
Courter started off the second game and Loyola Marymount was able to take advantage of her weary arm, scoring one run in the first inning to take a quick 1-0 lead. However, Santa Clara countered by scoring three in the following inning. Ashley Blier immediately doubled to get things started and Meghan Notti pinch ran for her. Sara Overmier singled to right field and both Notti and Overmier reached third and second, respectively, after Kate Goethals grounded out. Valerie Mock then singled to right center, scoring Notti and advancing Overmier to third, though. After a throwing error on the same play, Overmier scored to bring the Broncos' lead over the Lions to 3-1.
Santa Clara's two-run lead over Loyola Marymount would be short-lived however, as the home team scored two runs each in the third and the fifth inning to take control of the contest. The Lions would send five more runners across the plate in the sixth inning to go up 10-3, though the Broncos scored one run in the seventh inning to account for the final margin.
Jackie Morales (3-9) picked up the loss, while Samantha Lavino struck out five on her way to her 12th win of the year to go 12-6.