Feb. 7, 2004
LAKEWOOD, Calif. - The Santa Clara University softball team dropped two games at the Long Beach State Invitational today at Mayfair Park in Lakewood, falling to San Diego State 6-5 and defending NCAA Champion and top-ranked UCLA 4-0. The Broncos' record moves to 2-6.
Despite taking the loss, sophomore pitcher Liz Courter threw a solid game today against the Bruins, allowing no walks and only seven hits for three earned runs. Vanessa Werner went 2-3 to lead the Broncos offensively. Santa Clara battled closer than the score appeared, having two runners thrown out at the plate.
"Liz showed no fear in the circle today," SCU head coach Marcy Crouch said. "The Bruins know their strike zones but Liz just threw unbelievably well to lead our defense for seven full innings."
In the morning game against San Diego State, the Aztecs struck first and moved ahead 3-0 after the first inning. The Broncos took the lead in the fourth, scoring three runs in the inning to move ahead 4-3. The seventh inning provided an exciting finish. SDSU took a 6-4 lead and earned the victory when Santa Clara could only answer in the bottom of the frame with one run.
Four Broncos went 2-3 in this contest: Angela Kabanuck, Kate Goethals, Rachel Sherman and Keri Reisinger, with Kabanuck adding two runs scored and Sherman posting two RBIs. Jaime Forman-Lau took the loss.
Santa Clara will close out its participation at the tournament on Sunday, taking on fifth-ranked Washington at 9 a.m. and host Long Beach State at 1:30 p.m.