Feb. 18, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - The Santa Clara softball team picked up its offense from where it left off this morning, producing nine hits in seven innings against Pacific Coast Conference rival Sacramento State this afternoon, but stranded seven runners and produced only two runs in a 3-2 loss. Shannon Linerud and Valerie Mock paced the Broncos, notching two hits apiece in the losing cause.
Santa Clara jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning after Jessica Clee hit a double, scoring Brittany Pucci who had gotten on base via a walk. Clee then advanced to third and scored on an illegal pitch. Linerud then singled, but was out after she was caught stealing and Goethals grounded out to second base to end the inning.
Sacramento State wasted no time erasing its deficit, scoring one run apiece in the second and third innings to level the game at 2-2. The score remained that way until the bottom of the sixth inning, when pitcher Sara Overmier walked two batters after getting the first Hornet out on a ground ball. Jackie Morales came in to pitch for Overmier and promptly got the second out of the inning. However, she gave up a single to the following batter, scoring the game-winning run for Sacramento State. Santa Clara was unable to counter in the top of the seventh, despite getting a hit from Mock and Godfrey. The bases were loaded with two outs when Clee got to the plate, but she flied out to left field to end the game.
Overmier (1-1), who struck out three batters in five and one-thirds inning of work, takes the loss, while Michele Bochenski (1-0) picks up her first win of the year after pitching all seven innings.
Santa Clara evens its record to 4-4 and concludes play at the Stanford Invitational with a match against host and No. 7 Stanford tomorrow afternoon. Game time is schedule to begin at approximately 1:30 p.m.