March 5, 2004
FRESNO, Calif. - The Santa Clara University softball team fell to 15th-ranked Fresno State 2-1 and 3-2 tonight at Bulldog Diamond in Fresno. The Broncos (6-13) allowed two runs in the bottom of the seventh in both contests, allowing the Bulldogs to improve to 12-4 on the season.
After notching 26 hits against San Jose State two days ago, Santa Clara was held to three hits on the night.
Senior pitcher Jaime Forman-Lau struck out 11 in the opening game. Santa Clara took a 1-0 lead in the fourth, after Vanessa Werner doubled down the left-field line to start the inning. Fresno State grabbed two runs in the bottom of the seventh off of three consecutive singles to secure a victory. Freshman Sara Overmier notched the Broncos' only other hit in the game, in the fifth inning.
In the nightcap, Fresno State took the early lead, with one run scored in the first. Santa Clara countered in the sixth, taking advantage of two Bulldog errors to post two runs. Pitcher Liz Courter recorded the Broncos' only hit of the game in that frame. FSU added two runs in the seventh to again, come from behind and earn a victory.
"Fresno State is a very tough place to play on the road," head coach Marcy Crouch said. "I was proud of our team in that we fought hard today. We played with one of the best teams in the country and we put ourselves in position to win two ball games."
The Broncos will open the home season at Marsalli Park on Sunday, hosting Virginia. First pitch is scheduled for noon and admission is free.