March 13, 2003
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Junior pitcher Jaime Forman-Lau struck out 16 batters in the Santa Clara University's softball team's 4-0 victory over Southern Utah University in the opening game of a non-conference double-header, held this evening at Marsalli Park. The Broncos won the nightcap 4-1 to improve to 14-12 on the season, while the Thunderbirds fall to 7-12.
The games were played in windy and slightly-rainy conditions, but it didn't slow Forman-Lau. She struck out the first five batters and eight of the first nine en route to a season high 16 Ks.
Santa Clara added a run in the second frame as well. Senior outfielder Coresta Salas reached base on balls and advanced to third on two wild pitches from Thunderbird Lacee LePrey. Senior infielder Tracie Hall was then hit by a pitch to reach base, and later stole second while Salas ran home for the 2-0 Bronco lead.
Two more runs were added in the fifth inning, as SCU earns its sixth shutout of the season. Forman-Lau moves to 9-7 on the year, allowing only one hit on the afternoon. Smale led the Broncos with three of the team's six hits.
In the second game, sophomore Jenny Brown hit a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the second to put the Broncos on the board. It was Brown's first homerun of the season.
In the next inning, Smale hit her second homerun of the season with a solo shot over the right field fence to add to the Bronco 3-0 lead.
The fourth run of the game for the Broncos came in the bottom of the fourth. With Brown on first after a walk, Werner placed a perfect bunt and was able to move to second as a play was made on Brown at third to record the second out of the inning. Freshman Jessica Clee then drove in Werner with a single to right field.
The lone run for Southern Utah came in the top of the sixth. With runners at the corners and two outs, a fielding error by the Broncos allowed third base runner, Anna Leeman, to score.
Bronco hurler Liz Courter pitched all seven innings and recorded six strikeouts. She takes the win and improves her record to 5-2 on the season. Tracy Evans-Jones takes the loss for the Thunderbirds.
Today's game was the first for the Broncos of a seven-game homestand. Santa Clara returns to action after finals, and hosts Illinois of Chicago on Saturday, March 22. First pitch of the double header will be at Marsalli Park at Noon.