Jan. 30, 2004
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University softball team defeated UC Santa Barbara 3-2 after nine innings of play, with the international tiebreaker rule in effect, at the third annual Early Bird Tournament hosted by the Gauchos. The Broncos dropped the first game of the day 6-0 against Oregon State. Santa Clara is now 1-1 on the season.
Senior Jaime Forman-Lau pitched the whole game for the Broncos against UC Santa Barbara, striking out five and giving up only six hits.
Santa Clara totaled three runs, seven hits and one error. UC Santa Barbara totaled two runs, six hits and one error.
In the first game of the day, Forman-Lau took the loss against Oregon State and pitched three innings of play. Freshman Sara Overmeir also made her first collegiate appearance and pitching three innings. Sophomore Liz Couter closed the morning game.
Junior Kelley Johnson recorded the only hit of the game for the Broncos against Oregon State.
Oregon State recorded six runs, eight hits and one error. Santa Clara recorded no runs, one hit and one error.
"I am definitely proud of the girls for the first day, especially battling nine innings with UC Santa Barbara to take the win," head coach Marcy Crouch said. "We have a few things we need to work out, but I am happy with the way they played."
The Broncos will return to action tomorrow morning against Long Beach State at 9:00 a.m. In their second game of the day, Santa Clara will take on Illinois-Chicago at 11:30 a.m.