Feb. 27, 2008
San Jose, Calif. -- With a 2-0 win over San Jose State in the second game of a double header this afternoon, Santa Clara broke its 0-16 start and a 23 game losing streak dating back to last season. Jerrica Castagno earned her first victory of the season with a four-hit shutout of the Spartans.
"It wasn't a pretty win, but a win is a win, we'll take it at this point," said head coach Lisa Mize. "It feels great to get that monkey off our back and carry the momentum to weekend. The first win helps set the tone and give you a push forward. It brings back a positivity to the team and hopefully makes us realize that we're a talented team and that wins will come."
Castagno faced pressure in the first inning of the second game, with two batters reaching on an error and a walk with just one out. Castagno responded by striking out the next two batter to end the inning.
In the second, Castagno gave up two hits, but surrendered no runs, forcing a groundout to her which she put away to first base.
In the fourth inning, Santa Clara's bats came alive after going hitless in the first three. After a Jenna Fong walk, Noelani Ho'opi'i reached on a fielders choice. Meghan Godfrey then doubled and advanced her to third. Then Amanda Edmonson walked to load the bases with just one out. Breann Netto then drew a walk that brought in a run and gave the Broncos the lead. Then after a fielder's choice gave San Jose State two outs, a wild pitch scored Godfrey to make the score 2-0.
That was all Castagno needed, scattering two more hits throughout the game harmlessly, giving Santa Clara a much needed win.
"Jerrica pitched great game and was poised through it all. It's hard to pitch when your team only gets two hits as well," said head coach Lisa Mize. "They had runners on third twice and both times she kept her poise and kept them from getting home."
In the first game of the double header, San Jose State took a 1-0 lead after Sara Smith doubled off the left-center fence off of Jackie Morales and was brought around to score by a sacrifice fly and an RBI single by Natasha Hawkins.
Santa Clara responded quickly however. With two outs, no one on base, and an 0-2 count, Meghan Chavez battled off a couple foul balls before launching a solo homerun over left-centerfield.
The Spartans responded the next inning with two runs, which could have been more if it weren't for a fantastic throw from the right fielder Netto to Edmonson who did a terrific job of blocking the plate and tagging the runner out, not allowing any more runs to score. Morales would strike out the next batter to end the inning and prevent further damange.
Unfortunately, the damage had been done, as Santa Clara had just two more hits and was unable to score another run. Morales pitched the entire game, giving up six runs, four earned, on eight hits.
Santa Clara had four hits in the game. Ho'opi'i, Netto, and Jeanine Ruffoni all went 1-3. Chavez was 1-1 on the game with a walk.
The Broncos will look to carry the momentum from their win today into this weekend where they will host the Bronco Stampede in Hayward, Calif. The three day event starts at noon and will have four games playing at one time. Santa Clara will start their weekend against Drexel on Friday.