Broncos Fall Twice to Close Action at Fresno Tourney
March 6, 2005
FRESNO, Calif. - The Santa Clara softball team dropped its final two games at the Bulldog Classic, hosted by Fresno State. The Broncos fell to defending NCAA Champion UCLA 6-5 and to Ole Miss 1-0 . Sophomore outfielder Jillian Cassel earned All-Tournament Team honors as the Broncos' record moves to 10-12.
The Bruins posted three runs on two hits in the top of the first inning. Caitlin Benyi led off and tried to take two bases on an Andrea Duran single to right field, but was thrown out at third. After Jodie Legaspi reached on a fielders choice with Duran safe at second base, Emily Zaplatosch ripped a three-run home run to left field, giving the Bruins a 3-0 lead.
The bottom of the second saw the Broncos plate a run as Kelley Johnson led off the inning with a walk, went to second on a Cassel single and scored on a Shannon Linerud single to cut the UCLA lead to 3-1.
A Lisa Dodd solo home run brought the Bruin lead back to three runs at 4-1.
The Broncos put together a four-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Valerie Mock led off with a single and went to second on a ground out by Vanessa Werner. Mock came around to score Santa Clara's second run on an RBI double by Linerud, who would score on a Maggie Godfrey pinch-hit RBI single to bring the Broncos within a run at 4-3, but the damage did not stop there as centerfielder Jessica Clee followed with her third home run of the season, a shot over the fence in right center to give the Broncos a 5-4 advantage after six innings.
In the top of the seventh, Tara Henry led off with a shot to left field that nearly dropped for a hit but was snagged for an out by Cassel. Benyi then drew a one-out walk before Duran lined out to Cassel for the second out of the inning. A Jodie Legaspi single to right field advanced Benyi to third base. With two outs, and a 3-2 count, Emily Zaplatosch stepped in and ripped a double to deep left center field, scoring Benyi and Legaspi to once again give the Bruins the advantage at 6-5.
After Kristen Dedmon and Krista Colburn had tag-teamed in the circle for the Bruins during the first six innings of the game, head coach Sue Enquist went with her ace, Anjelica Selden, for the final inning in the circle. Selden threw 10 pitches and struck out two of the three batters she faced in the bottom of the seventh inning to earn her second save of the season.
Santa Clara out-hit the Bruins 10-7.
In the second game, Tara Willitt picked up the win for the Rebels as she pitched a complete-game shutout. She struck out one and walked two as the Rebels used defense to pick up the win. Liz Courter suffered the loss for the Broncos as she struck out four and walked one. Courter allowed five hits, but no earned runs in the outing. The only run came on a fielding error.
Santa Clara threatened in the top of the fifth with the bases loaded and two outs, but Willitt snatched a liner out of the air from Jenny Brown to end the inning safely and send it to the bottom half for the Rebels.
Ole Miss got on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning when Kayla Mosley scored. Brittany Warner hit the ball up the middle with two outs, but reached safely on a fielding error at first when the ball bounced off the glove of the first baseman. Mosley scored from second on the play to put the Rebels ahead for the 1-0 win.
Once again, SCU out-hit its opponent, this time by an 8-5 margin.
Santa Clara will participate in another tournament next weekend, the NIST at Twin Creeks in Sunnyvale. The Broncos open against Princeton at 2 p.m. on Friday, and follow with a 4 p.m. contest against California. Saturday and Sunday's schedule will be slated based on team results.