Santa Clara Leaves Mustang Classic Empty Handed

Feb. 24, 2008

San Luis Obispo, Calif. -- The Santa Clara softball team is still searching for their groove, as well as their first win of the season, after finishing up the 2008 Mustang Classic 0-4 on the weekend.

Friday evening's game, which was pushed back due to weather conditions, was a hard one to swallow for the Broncos. Jerrica Castagno threw seven strong innings, giving up just five hits and two earned runs, but took the loss as Santa Clara was not able to capitalize on any of their six hits as they fell to host Cal Poly 4-0.

Freshman Amanda Edmonson was 2-3 in the game, while Noelani Ho'opi'i, Ashley Blier, and Jeanine Ruffoni all went 1-2, but the Broncos struck out 11 times and could not bring anyone around to score.

In the first game of Saturday, Santa Clara faced off against UAB. It was a tough start for Jackie Morales who gave up five runs, one earned, before getting the second out in the first inning and took the loss. Lauren Passafuime came in to relieve her and finished the game giving up four runs to finalize the score 9-1.

Offensively it was a tough game for the Broncos, recording just three hits as a team. Breann Netto singled to left to start the game and came around to score after stealing a base and advancing to third on a passed ball. She was 1-1 in the game. Jackie Nicora and Ruffoni had the team's other two hits.

The final game of the tournament was a rematch of the extra inning thriller Santa Clara had in their first home game of the season against Cal. The game did not prove to be as close this time, as Cal shut the Broncos down to just one hit while scoring eight themselves in the five inning win 8-0.

Maggie Godfrey made sure Cal did not get a no-hitter, singling up the middle in her first at-bat, recording the lone hit for Santa Clara. Castagno took the loss, giving up only two runs in the first four innings, but gave up two in the fifth before being relieved by Morales. Cal scored four more runs in the inning, including back to back homeruns to seal the game for the Golden Bears.

Santa Clara gets back into action this Wednesday in a rivalry series matchup at San Jose State. The double header starts at noon.