April 12, 2008
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - In their conference home opener, Santa Clara (7-36, 3-3 PCSC) fell twice to the Saint Mary's Gaels (17-19, 3-3 PCSC) in Saturday's double header. The Broncos lost the first game 9-0 and could not capitalize on a strong pitching performance by Jackie Morales in the second for a 2-0 loss. Jenna Smith of Saint Mary's went 6-for-7 for the Gaels, including two homeruns on the day.
Morales (5-13) took the loss for the Broncos in the first game, giving up seven hits in four innings, allowing four runs, two earned while striking out two. Megan Galloway (9-9) earned the win for the Gaels, throwing a complete game four-hit shutout and striking out six.
Molly Bergeson started things off for the Gaels in the first inning with a bunt and then advanced to second on an error by Ashley Blier. Bergeson was singled home on the next play by Jenna Smith to give Saint Mary's a 1-0 lead.
In the third inning Morales found herself in a bases loaded jam with one out after giving up two singles and a walk. A two run single to right centerfield by Kat Delpit brought the score to 3-0 before Morales forced two straight flyouts to end the inning.
A leadoff single by Sandra Ruezga in the fourth turned into a run as she moved around the bases on a bunt, a single by Bereson, and a passed ball, giving the Gaels a 4-0 lead.
Kaitlyn Rauschnot came on in relief for the Broncos in the fifth and retired the first two batters before giving up a walk which started a rally for Saint Mary's. After a passed ball three straight singles scored two runs for the Gaels bringing the score to 6-0.
A bases loaded passed ball in the sixth put the Broncos in a 7-0 hole and a two-out, two-run homerun by Smith in the seventh gave Saint Mary's a 9-0 lead. Two walks later, Lauren Passafuime came in to relieve Rauschnot and forced Delpit into an inning ending groundout to short. That proved to be the end of the game after the Broncos were unable to get anyone past second in the final inning.
In the second game of the double header, Morales (5-14) started again and went seven strong innings, giving up just six hits and two runs with two strikeouts. Maryann Cronin (5-5) earned the win, giving up six hits as well in her seven innings, but allowing no runs.
After thee scoreless innings by both teams, Smith knocked her second homerun of the day over the fence for Saint Mary's, a two-run shot to give the Gaels a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning. Santa Clara looked like they might tighten up the score in the bottom of the inning after Godfrey singled to center and advanced to second when the centerfielder bobbled the ball, then moved to third after a groundout by Morales, but Breann Netto's hard shot to third was gobbled up to end the inning.
Saint Mary's almost extended their lead to three runs in the fifth, but Netto gunned down Kayla Aldridge as she tried to score from second on a single to right by Bronwyn Russell.
Morales held serve for the rest of the game and gave the Broncos a chance to stage a comeback in the seventh down by just two runs. Jackie Nicora hit a two-out single to right, but Ruffoni grounded out to third to end the game.
Ruffoni was 2-for-3 in the second game of the day as well as Nicora for the Broncos.
Santa Clara will finish up the weekend series on Sunday, April 13 starting at noon against Saint Mary's at Marsalli Park in Santa Clara.