Feb. 8, 2003
HONOLULU, Hawaii - The Santa Clara University softball team fell to Oklahoma State 11-1 this evening at the Chevron Paradise Classic, hosted by the University of Hawaii at Rainbow Wahine Stadium. The Broncos' record falls to 3-5 on the season, while the Cowgirls even their season mark to 2-2.
Oklahoma State jumped on top in the second with a three-run dinger from pitcher Lauren Bay. Brooke Siebel and Stephanie Hodges led off the inning with base hits, setting the stage for Bay's second long ball of the season and giving OSU a 3-0 lead that lasted until the fourth inning.
Santa Clara avoided the shutout in the bottom of the fourth when senior Tracie Hall sent a shot down the right field line to score freshman Jenny Brown. Bay promptly silenced the threat, striking out the next batter to end the inning.
The Cowgirls got their offense rolling again in the fifth with a pair of runs off two hits. Ryan Realmuto used a double to send Erika Ennis home for the first run. Alliya Anderson then brought in Realmuto with a base hit that nearly cleared the outfield wall.
The sixth inning featured a scoring explosion from Oklahoma State with six runners rounding the base paths to give the Cowgirls the run-rule win.
Four Cowgirl hits and an error by the Broncos' defense allowed Oklahoma State to push six runs across the plate. The highlight of the inning was a two-out three-run long ball from Anderson that closed out the scoring in the game.
(1-1) picked up the win on the mound, giving up just one hit while striking out 12 and walking one.
Santa Clara will play host Hawaii later this evening and will close the tournament tomorrow, taking part in a single-elimination round. Seedings will be determined based on Friday and Saturday's results.