April 18, 2003
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University softball team swept San Diego with wins of 3-0 and 3-1 this afternoon in Pacific Coast Softball Conference action at Marsalli Park. Santa Clara's record goes to 22-19, 4-2 in league play, while the Toreros fall to 6-32, 1-9.
Freshman outfielder Jessica Clee hit her fifth home run of the season to start the afternoon, sending the ball over the centerfield fence in the first inning of the opening game. It was a two-run blast, as Vanessa Werner preceded Clee by bunting her way to first.
Clee is now tied with current teammates Tracie Hall and Rachel Sherman for the most home runs in a single season in SCU record books. Sherman set the standard last season and Hall tied it during the first week of PCSC play earlier this month.
San Diego saw its first offensive opportunity in the fourth, when outfielder Gina McFarland reached on a Bronco error, and advanced to second on the Toreros' first hit of the contest, a single by catcher Sara Mason. First baseman Desi Collo's sacrifice advanced McFarland to third, but the Broncos escaped the inning with the shutout intact.
The Broncos almost repeated that effort in the sixth, when another Torero error put runners in scoring position. Hall led off the inning with a single, but the Broncos were not able to add another score.
Jaime Forman-Lau led the Bronco defense from the circle, striking out five in the first three innings and finishing with eight. The one-hitter marked her 14th win of the season. Erin Harmonson allowed seven hits and takes the loss for the Toreros, as her record moves to 3-12.
In the second contest, San Diego started its offense early, scoring one run in the first. Torero shortstop Ashlee Nunes led off with a single and advanced one base on McFarland's sacrifice. She reached third on a Bronco error and scored on Collo's sacrifice bunt.
Santa Clara answered in the second, scoring two runs. With one out on the board, shortstop Shannon Linerud singled to right field and reached third on Sherman's double to left center. A sacrifice hit from sophomore Kelley Johnson brought in the tying score, while outfielder Coresta Salas' single brought in the go-ahead run. Brown added the team's fourth hit of the frame, and pushed Salas to third. Brown stole second before the inning was closed out.
The Broncos added hits in the third and fifth, while the Toreros added two singles in the sixth.
Santa Clara extended its lead in the bottom of the sixth. In a similar situation like the second inning, with one out, it was Linerud who doubled and Sherman who singled to put runners in scoring position. As Sherman stole second, the Torero catcher threw to third to catch Linerud off guard, but her throw missed its mark, allowing Linerud to come home.
Freshman Liz Courter earned the win and improves to 8-6. McFarland allowed nine hits and falls to 3-11 on the season. For the Broncos, Brown, Linerud and Sherman each recorded two hits in the second game.
Santa Clara continues PCSC action with another doubleheader against San Diego tomorrow at noon.