Broncos Drop Game to No. 14 Stanford

Feb. 15, 2008

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Stanford, Calif. -- Maggie Godfrey's two run-home run in the first inning gave the Broncos an early lead over No. 14 ranked Stanford, but the Cardinals came back with a vengeance to win the game 12-2.

Jackie Morales started the game on a strong note, striking out the first batter and giving up only one hit and no runs. Then the Broncos came up in the bottom of the inning and after Breann Netto's leadoff walk, Godfrey came to the plate with two-out. Her blast to left-center easily cleared the fence.

The next inning, Stanford answered as Shannon Koplitz hit a solo home run of her own. Then a single and two doubles gave the Cardinals two more runs and a 3-2 advantage.

Ashley Blier hit a leadoff double in the second inning, but was stranded at third as the team failed to bring her around.

After a scoreless third inning for both teams, Stanford again got on the board with four singles that scored three more runs thanks to some crafty baserunning.

Morales retired the side in the fifth inning, but Santa Clara managed the same result and the score remained 6-2.

Then in the sixth inning, Stanford broke the game open. Morales managed to retire two batters, but gave up two more runs and left a runner on first before getting relieved by Megan Wirth. Wirth gave up four runs, including a two-run homerun from Rosey Neil before getting pulled in favor of Kaitlyn Rauschnot, who finally got out of the inning, but not before Stanford had pulled ahead 12-2.

The Broncos failed to get a runner in the bottom of the sixth, and that's how the game ended.

Morales took the loss, allowing nine runs on 12 hits with five strikeouts.

Breann Netto was 1-2 in the game with a run scored. This was the sixth time in seven games the Broncos have failed to get more than three hits.

Santa Clara starts their day off tomorrow against Wichita State at 10 a.m.