Feb. 29, 2008
Hayward, Calif. -- The Santa Clara softball team did their best to put on their rally hats and make a late run in their games today to start the 2008 Bronco Stampede, but fell short in both. The Broncos lost 3-0 to Drexel in the first game of the tournament, then fell to Campbell 5-2.
In the first game against Drexel, Jackie Morales gave a valiant effort, never allowing more than one run in an inning in the six that she pitched. Kaitlyn Rauscnot came in the game in relief in the last inning, giving up just one hit and allowing no runs.
Offensively, Santa Clara could not capitalize when they had runners on base, stranding nine throughout the game while failing to bring any runs in. Noelani Ho'opi'i was 2-for-3 in the game with a double, and Amanda Edmonson did her part with a 1-for-2 outing, but after falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, the Broncos did not have enough to come back.
In the second game of the day for Santa Clara, against Campbell, the Broncos faced Brittany Stanley who was absolutely on her game. After four innings, Stanley had a perfect game going. In the fifth inning she walked Edmonson, but kept the no-no going in the sixth, after an error and a pop out, until Megan Wirth came in to pinch hit. Wirth knocked a hard line drive into right field, effectively ending the no-hitter. Jeanine Ruffoni, who reached base on an earlier error, would come around to score by pulling a double steal with Nicole Picard, who came in to run for Wirth.
In a 5-1 deficit still, going into the last inning, the Broncos tried to mount a comeback. Ho'opi'i had a leadoff double and was driven in immediately by Maggie Godfrey with a shot down the left field line. However, the score would stay at 5-2 after a double play ended the game.
Jerrica Castagno took the loss in the game, throwing 4.1 innings and giving up four runs, three earned. She started off hot though, striking out batters for five of her first six outs, ending up with seven total.
Santa Clara will play two more games tomorrow, leading off with Youngstown State at noon before taking on Boston College at 2 p.m. The Bronco Stampede will begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. and will carry through Sunday with four more games.