March 5, 2008
Santa Clara, Calif. - The Santa Clara softball team will be traveling to Fresno, Calif. this weekend, to take part in the Fresno State Bulldog Classic. The Broncos will play five games over the four day event, starting off their tournament on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. against Rhode Island. On Friday they will play their only two-game schedule, going up against Houston at 11:00 a.m. and DePaul at 3:00 p.m. Saturday will see the team facing host Fresno State at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday the Broncos will meet Cal Poly at 1 p.m.
Last week the Broncos played a grueling eight game schedule starting with a double-header against San Jose State on Wednesday. The team lost the first games 6-1, then proceeded to beat the Spartans 2-0 in the second game on the strength of Jerrica Castagno's pitching. The win broke an 0-16 start.
After that, the team headed to Hayward where they hosted their very own Bronco Stampede. The Broncos dropped the first two games, 3-0 to Drexel and 5-2 to Campbell. But Santa Clara came back the second day with a vengeance, plating four first inning runs against Youngstown State on their way to an 8-4 win, then gutted out a nine-inning win over Boston College 2-1.
On Tuesday, the Broncos took on UC Davis in a double-header. Davis won the first game 10-2 in six innings and then Santa Clara could not take advantage of another great Castagno start as they fell 1-0.
Noelani Ho'opi'i had a fantastic weekend at the Bronco Stampede. Ho'opi'i went 7-13 with three runs scored, two RBIs, and three stolen bases. Ho'opi'i has also brought her average up to a team leading .316 for the year.
Castagno On A Roll
In her last two starts, Castagno has thrown 15 innings, given up just 12 hits, two runs, and has struck out 15. She is 1-1 over that span.