May 2, 2006
Eugene, Ore. - The Santa Clara softball team dropped two non-conference contests this afternoon to the University of Oregon up in Eugene, Ore. In the first game of the day, the Ducks shut out the Broncos 6-0 and came back to take the second game by a score of 9-1. Six different players garnered hits off of the Oregon pitching squad, leading to six hits total on the day for Santa Clara.
Santa Clara drops its record to 20-34 on the year and will return to action this weekend for a four-game series against Pacific Coast Softball Conference rival Saint Mary's. The first pitch of the doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday will be thrown out at noon.
In the first game, Oregon put up a run in the first inning to take a quick 1-0 lead and the host team never looked back, adding two runs in the third inning and three more in the fourth to take the contest 6-0. Santa Clara's best scoring opportunity came in the fifth inning. After Ashley Blier struck out swinging and Jackie Morales flied out to right field, Noelani Hoopii singled to center field. She advanced into scoring position after Liz Courter singled. However, Nori Kamada struck out to end the Bronco threat.
Courter (9-15) struck out five batters in defeat, while Alicia Cook (11-6) fanned five on her way to victory. In total, Santa Clara tallied three hits on the game, with Jackie Morales putting the ball in play during the second inning to add to Courter and Hoopii's singles.
As in the first game, the Ducks were able to bolt to an early lead that they never relinquished. Sara Overmier gave up five hits, resulting in four runs for the home team. Oregon later added one more run in the second inning to take a 5-0 lead.
It wasn't until the bottom of the fourth inning that Santa Clara was able to mount a rally. Jessica Clee started things off by singling up the middle and advanced to second after Jenny Brown laid down a sacrifice bunt. In the next at bat, Sabrina Franks then singled to bring Clee across the plate to cut into the Broncos' deficit.
However, Oregon pulled away even further from Santa Clara in the fifth inning, as four more runs were scored to take an eight-run lead and close out the contest early. Overmier (3-4) was hit with the loss, while Melissa Rice struck out six batters to up her record to 7-5. As in the first game, three hits were generated by the Broncos, with Kabanuck's single up the middle in the first inning adding to Clee and Franks' hits.