February 26, 2006

Santa Clara Beats Utah Valley State, Defeated by No. 14 Washington

Feb. 26, 2006

Box Score

Seattle, Wash. - On the final day of the Husky Fever Classic, the Santa Clara softball team posted a 1-1 record, beating Utah Valley State 2-0 in the morning and then suffering a 14-3 loss at the hands of host and No. 14 Washington.  Ashley Blier recorded two doubles on her way to a .500 outing for the day, while Jessica Clee also hit .500 while adding three singles for the Broncos.

In the first game of the day, Santa Clara avenged yesterday's 4-1 defeat to Utah Valley State by shutting them out 2-0. The Broncos' pitching staff limited the Wolverines to just two hits and Sara Overmier (2-1) picked up the win, while Liz Courter was credited with the save. Jackie Roberts took the loss and falls to 4-2 on the year. The score remained in a scoreless tie until Santa Clara scored a run in the bottom of the fourth. Jenny Brown reached first base after she was walked and then advanced to second after Shannon Linerud grounded out to the pitcher. Ashley Blier then scored Brown after doubling down the left field line. An insurance run was added in the sixth inning on after the pitcher hit Valerie Mock in a bases loaded situation, advancing Brown to home plate.

In the afternoon session, Washington used a big second inning to essentially seal the game. After trailing 1-0 after just one inning, Santa Clara took a brief 2-1 lead after Cassel and Brown scored. However, the Husky bats would be unleashed the following inning, as six runs were scored on five hits to give the home team a commanding 7-2 advantage. Although Linerud would score in the third inning to cut the deficit to four, Washington scored seven more times to close out the 14-3 victory in five innings. Jerrica Castagno (2-4) picked up the loss, while Caitlin Noble (5-2) secured the win.

Santa Clara falls to 5-8 on the year and returns to action next weekend when it travels to Los Angeles, Calif. to participate in the Stacy Winsberg Tournament, hosted by No. 3 UCLA. The first opponent during the three-day tournament will be South Bay rival San Jose State, with games scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., respectively on Friday.