February 17, 2008

Broncos Drop Close Game To Pacific 4-0 to Finish Stanford Invitational

Feb. 17, 2008

Stanford, Calif.-- Sunday provided another tough loss for the Santa Clara softball team as they leave this weekends Stanford Invitational winless. The Broncos lost their final game against Pacific 4-0.

Jerrica Castagno again pitched a very strong game, but trouble at the end and a failure to bring in runners throughout the game proved costly. Santa Clara stranded eight runners over the course of seven innings.

Castagno gave up a first inning solo homerun to Alyce Jorgensen, but held Pacific scoreless for the next four innings. She even got out of a bases loaded jam in the fourth without surrendering a run. In the sixth inning Castagno gave up two singles before a sac fly scored a runner from third. Then, after loading the bases, a walk and a wild pitch brought in two more runs before Kaitlyn Rauschnot came in to get the final out.

The three-run sixth inning was just insurance for Pacific as the Broncos could not put an inning together to break up the shoutout. Santa Clara left six runners on base in the final three innings and failed to bring them around.

Breann Netto went 1-4, Maggie Godfrey went 1-3, Noelani Ho'opi'i was 1-2, Meghan Chavez was 1-3, and Jennifer Clarke was 1-1 in the game.

Santa Clara will look to break their losing streak Wednesday in their first home game this season against Cal. The Broncos will take on the Bears at Marsalli Park at 3 p.m.