April 3, 2003
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University softball team was defeated by 24th-ranked Oregon State 5-2 and 15-9 in a non-conference double-header, held this evening at Marsalli Park. Santa Clara's overall record goes to 18-16, while the Beavers' record improves to 24-16 on the year.
In the opening game, the Beavers picked up a run in the first inning behind a two-out home run by Brynnen Guthrie, giving Oregon State a 1-0 lead.
The Beavers added to their lead in the third with back-to-back hits extending their lead to 3-0. Cara Maxey led-off the frame with a double to right field and fellow Clare Burnum followed with her third home run of the season. Oregon State pushed its final two runs of the game across the plate in the top of the fourth.
Santa Clara got on the board with two unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Broncos took advantage of two Beaver errors and a walk to narrow the gap to 5-2.
Freshman Jenny Brown broke Oregon State hurler Monica Hoffman's no-hitter in the fifth when she sent a full-count pitch up the middle.
Jaime Forman-Lau took the loss for the Broncos and ends the day 12-8. Hoffman improves to 17-10.
The second game started similar to the first, with the Beavers scoring early, earning two runs in the first. Santa Clara answered back in the bottom of the frame by putting one run on the board. With one out in the books, senior Coresta Salas was advanced to second on a single to centerfield from freshman Jessica Clee after she reached on a fielder's choice. Sophomore Lacey Smale then singled down the right field line to score Salas.
Oregon State took a seven-run lead in the top of the second, including a grand slam over the left field fence by Guthrie.
Salas halved the Beaver advantage in the bottom of the second when she blasted a two-out three-run homer to left-center.
The Beavers added four more runs in the fourth inning to boost their lead to 12-4.
Santa Clara continued to fight back with four runs on three hits in the bottom of the sixth to pull within 12-9, including home runs by Clee and Brown. The Beavers tallied three more runs in the seventh to make the final 15-9.
Freshman Liz Courter took the loss for the Broncos and moves to 6-5 on the season. Amy Klever earned the victory for the Beavers and improves to 5-3.
Today's game was the fifth for the Broncos of a seven-game homestand. Santa Clara returns to action on Saturday, in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference season opener against Loyola Marymount. First pitch for the inaugural league double-header is scheduled for noon at Marsalli Park.