March 15, 2008
PHOENIX, Ariz. - The Santa Clara softball team hit both ends of the offensive spectrum in Saturday's double-header, losing a barnburner in the first game of the day against top-ranked Arizona State 13-8. Then in the second game, the Broncos were no-hit in an 11-0 loss in five innings.
Nine different Broncos had hits in one of Santa Clara's best offensive games of the season in the first game of the afternoon. Lauren Passafuime pitched all six innings. She gave up five runs in the first inning, four of which came from a grand slam, and four in the second, before settling down to surrender just four runs in the next four innings.
Trailing 11-3 going into the fourth inning, the Broncos mounted a comeback with five runs, three off of a Maggie Godfrey homerun, her fourth of the year. But Santa Clara was not able to score again in the final three innings and the game ended with the Sun Devils on top 13-8.
In the second game, Arizona State's Amanda Nesbitt pitched a gem, allowing no hits, just two walks, and striking out eight on her way to the victory. Jackie Morales gave up four runs through three innings before the Sun Devils broke it open in the fourth with five more runs before Kaitlyn Rauschnot came in to relieve her, giving up two runs to bring the score to 11-0. With the Broncos unable to get a hit in the fifth, the game ended there.
Santa Clara gets an eleven day break before hosting UC Riverside in a double-header at home on March 26th starting at 10 a.m.