March 1, 2008

Santa Clara Sweeps Day Two of Bronco Stampede

March 1, 2008

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Hayward, Calif. -- Jerrica Castagno threw nine strong innings to beat Boston College 2-1 in nine innings Saturday, as the Broncos took both their games in the second day of the tournament. The Santa Clara softball team defeated Youngstown State 8-4 in the noon game.

In a bonafide pitchers dule, Castagno and Boston College's Allison Gage both had allowed just four hits and no runs after regulation. Castagno gave up two hits in the first inning, then blanked the Golden Eagles for four innings, before giving up hits in the sixth and seventh. She punctuated the final inning in regulation by punching out the last two batters.

Going into the eighth, the teams played under the International tiebreaker rule, where the batter who made the final out the inning before was placed on second base to start the inning. After both teams scored a run in the eights, the same tiebreaker rule went into effect in the ninth inning. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runner to third, Castagno got the crucial second out by striking out Blair Destito, then got out of the inning without giving up a run after she forced the next batter to ground out to Ashley Blier at third.

In the ninth for the Broncos, Maggie Godfrey started out the inning on second and was quickly moved to third on an Amanda Edmonson single to left. Then Breann Netto hit a slow roller to short and the Eagles tried to make a play at the plate, but Godfrey slid in safe to end the game.

Noelani Ho'opi'i continued her hot streak as of late with a 2-for-4 game. Freshman Edmonson was 2-for-4 as well.

While the second game of the day for the Broncos was about defense, the first was about offense. Jackie Morales started the game pitching and gave up one run on two hits in the first inning, but Santa Clara quickly came back and put four runs up on the board in the bottom half of the first. Ho'opi'i, Netto, and Morales all had RBIs in the inning.

Morales gave up one more run in the third and was relieved in the fourth by Lauren Passafuime who gave up just two runs on five hits in four innings of work.

The Broncos added two more runs in the fourth, which proved to be enough for the win. Jenna Fong and Ho'opi'i provided a one-two Hawaiian punch in the game. Fong went 2-for-4 and Ho'opi'i was 2-for-3, making her 7-for-13 for the tournament.

Santa Clara also ran the bases better than they have all year, stealing eight bases in the game.

The Bronco Stampede wraps up Sunday with two games at 10 a.m. and one game at noon. The Broncos, however, are done for the tournament, going 2-2 on the weekend.