March 26, 2003
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Senior outfielder Coresta Salas went 2-2 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs to lead the Santa Clara University softball team to an 8-2 victory over Western Washington in the opening game of a non-conference double-header, held this afternoon at Marsalli Park. The Broncos' bats stayed hot, as the team followed with a 5-1 win in the second game. Santa Clara's overall record improves to 18-14, while the Vikings' record evens to 9-9 on the year.
Four of the Broncos' 10 hits in the opener were for extra bases. The freshmen class stood out with Jenny Brown going 2-3, Jessica Clee 2-2, and Shannon Linerud 2-3. Each scored one run and added one RBI.
Western Washington struck first, with one run in the second. Singles by Adrienne Moore and Charity Harmeson contributed to the early lead. SCU countered in the bottom half of the frame. Viking pitcher Kristen Kiekenapp walked two Broncos, and then Salas knocked a two-out triple into the right field fence for two RBIs and the lead after two innings.
An RBI single by WWU's Hadley Jensen evened the game score in the third.
Clee started the bottom half of that frame with a double, and moved to third one out later. A single by Linerud blooped over the third baseman and brought Clee home. After Rachel Sherman reached base on balls, Linerud stole third. Tracie Hall brought both runners home, finding the gap in right center and giving the Broncos a 3-2 advantage.
SCU added one run in the fourth. Salas doubled to left to start the sixth, and Brown followed with a double to center to bring Salas home. A sacrifice fly by Clee brought in another run.
Western Washington replied with one run in the second. The bases were loaded with two outs when Harmeson bunted home the tally.
The Broncos put the game out of reach with three runs in the fifth.
Today's game was the fourth for the Broncos of a seven-game homestand. Santa Clara returns to action on April 3, hosting Oregon State. First pitch for the double-header is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Marsalli Park.