Broncos Split PCSC Double-Header Opener with LMU
April 5, 2008
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Santa Clara (5-33, 1-1 PCSC) kicked off their 2008 conference season with an inspired come from behind 5-3 victory over defending PCSC champions Loyola Marymount (25-12, 1-1 PCSC) in the first game of Saturday's double-header. The Lions rebounded to win the second game 9-0 in five innings.
Jackie Morales pitched 10 of the 11 innings played, taking the win in the first game and the loss in the second. She gave up seven hits over seven innings with three earned runs in game one and four hits over three innings, scoring five in the second.
On the day when LMU received their rings from last years PCSC championship, it looked like things would go their way as they opened up a 2-0 lead off of a Kristen Slouber homerun in the third. Going into the sixth inning, the Broncos had put only three runners on base, but that would soon change.
Jeanine Ruffoni led off the inning with a double to center. Then Ashley Grove hit a grounder to third and beat the throw to first after the third baseman looked Ruffoni back to the bag. Noelani Ho'opi'i walked to load the bases and freshman Amanda Edmonson tied the game with a two-run single. Maggie Godfrey then hit a shot that deflected off the third baseman's glove and scored Ho'opi'i. A run-scoring single by Morales and an RBI single by Ashley Blier scored the Broncos' other two runs of the inning as Santa Clara took a 5-2 lead.
Morales narrowly avoided trouble as LMU missed a two-run homerun just foul, and she collected herself to strike out the batter. The Lions did load the bases with one out, but Morales gave up just one more run and stranded runners on first and third to end the inning. She retired the batters in order in the seventh to claim the victory.
LMU recovered from the upset loss in the first game to win the second convincingly. After giving up a two-run homer in the second inning, Morales gave up three more in the third and left the game with a 5-0 deficit. Kaitlyn Rauschnot came in to relieve her and gave up four more runs in the fourth to bring the score to 9-0. Santa Clara was unable to put any runs across in the fifth to end the game.
The Broncos and Lions continue the weekend series Sunday with another noon double-header.