Feb. 15, 2003
STOCKTON, Calif. - Senior Tracie Hall blasted a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie and lead the Santa Clara University softball team to a 1-0 victory over 21st-ranked Pacific in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Bill Simoni Field. The Broncos dropped a 5-1 decision in the second game.
With the split, Santa Clara moved to 6-7 on the season, while Pacific went to 4-3. The Broncos' victory in the first game was only the second ever against Pacific in the 57 overall meetings between the two schools in series history.
Junior pitcher Jaime Forman-Lau earned the complete game victory in the first game after allowing just three hits and striking out five Tiger batters. Earlier in the week, the San Jose, Calif. native earned her second-straight Pitcher of the Week honors from the Pacific Coast Softball Conference. She moves to 6-3 on the season and has 36 strikeouts in her last 38 innings of work.
With neither team able to score a run, Santa Clara entered the top of the seventh inning with consecutive ground outs by Jenny Brown and Rachel Sherman, bringing Hall to the plate with two outs on the board. The Simi Valley, Calif. native took Pacific pitcher Jennifer Dacre's offering over the left field fence for Santa Clara's only hit of the game and its first win over a nationally-ranked team this season.
"I could feel my teammates really needed me to step-up and make something happen," said Hall. "I really felt the vibe. They were counting on me and I was really excited that I could get it done. I started out a little slow in my first couple at-bats. By the time I got up the third time, I knew I was ready to connect with the ball.
"Pacific is a tough team to beat and we hadn't had a lot of success against them in the past. So, getting a win today really is big for our team. I think we learned a lot today from the win, especially in terms of having patience and continuing to work to stay focused and make good things happen."
Santa Clara is scheduled to return home for a noon doubleheader Sunday against Humboldt State at Marsali Park. A high potential for inclement weather is in the forecast for Saturday night and Sunday. Information on the game's status will be posted on SantaClaraBroncos.com as well as the Bronco Sportsline at 408/554-5550.