Softball Stays Alive at NIST

March 9, 2002

PLEASANTON, Calif. - Junior Coresta Salas had a hand in three of the Broncos' four runs as the Santa Clara University softball team defeated Miami (Ohio) 4-0 in second day action at the National Invitational Softball Tournament. The Broncos dropped a 2-0 decision to UNC-Greensboro in the first match of the consolation championship. The tournament, hosted by San Jose State University at the Pleasanton Sports Complex, continues through the weekend.

The Broncos moved to 10-17 on the season, and will Syracuse tomorrow at 10 a.m. A win would pit Santa Clara in a rematch against UNC-Greensboro in a noon contest. Should the Broncos win that game, they would fight San Jose State for the consolation championship at 2 p.m.

The Spartans scored in the first when Kim Benningfield singled to left field and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Jennifer Aguilar. Benningfield scored on Kristy Norton's single before the Broncos could end the inning. UNCG struck again in the third. Benningfield registered another leadoff single, but this time, Aguilar doubled to bring her teammate home. The Spartans finished with seven hits.

The Broncos mounted a rally in the bottom half of that inning when Kelley Johnson hit a one-out single to center field. She advanced to second on a passed ball while Keri Reisinger reached on a fielder's choice. Both runners were left on base as Santa Clara could not advance them any further.

Coresta Salas, Deanna Rodriguez and Lauren Fissori also recorded hits for the Broncos. Rodriguez took the loss in the circle.

In the second game, Salas was hot, notching a triple that allowed freshman Jennifer Ponzo to bring Salas in for the Broncos' first run. Later in the game, Salas had a base hit that scored two more SCU runs. Freshman Kelley Johnson earned the win, holding Miami to four hits.