April 13, 2008
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara (7-38, 3-5 PCSC) lost their second straight double header to Saint Mary's (19-19, 5-3 PCSC). The Broncos fell 4-0 in the first game and lost the second 4-1. Noelani Ho'opi'i hit her second homerun of the year in the second game to score Santa Clara's run.
Kaitlyn Rauschnot (0-9) took the loss for the Broncos in the first game of the day. Rauschnot pitched a complete game nine-hitter, giving up four runs with just one earned. Megan Galloway (10-9) earned her tenth victory of the season as she pitched the complete game shutout, allowing just three hits and striking out three.
Santa Clara found themselves in early trouble in the first inning, as an error by Ashley Grove and a bunt hit by Molly Bergeson brought up Jenna Smith, who torched them with two homeruns the day before. The Broncos decided to intentionally walk her, which loaded the bases with no outs. Rauschnot walked the next batter to bring in a run, but got two quick outs on grounders to Ashley Blier who threw home for the force outs to save more runs from scoring. A single up the middle by Chelsea Loftis scored one more in the inning. Rauschnot was able to get Sadie Dolcini to groundout to third to end the inning, stranding three, as the Gaels took a 2-0 lead.
In the second, the Broncos found themselves in a similar situation as the first inning, with two aboard and facing Smith with one out. This time they decided to pitch to her and she hit a bloop to left center that Grove ranged back and caught then, throwing off balance, caught the runner at second for an inning ending double-play.
In the top of the fourth, Amanda Edmonson broke the no-hitter with a leadoff single to centerfield, but Galloway retired the next three batters to end the inning without any damage done.
In the bottom of the sixth, Saint Mary's got things going again with two one-out singles, followed by an error by Grove to load the bases. Then Nicole Picard dropped a flyball in center, which scored two runs to bring the score to 4-0 before Rauschnot retired the next two batters to end the inning.
Santa Clara threatened in the top of the seventh, putting two runners aboard before Picard hit a shot to right field. That would have loaded the bases with no outs, but Shelby Gibbs, who got aboard earlier on an error, tried to score from second and was thrown out easily. Two straight outs following that effectively ended the game for the Broncos.
In the second game of the double-header, Jackie Morales (5-15) took the loss, pitching the whole game and giving up four runs on twelve hits. Molly Bergeson (4-4) got the win for Saint Mary's, giving up just one run on three hits.
Saint Mary's got the scoring started once again, as they led off the bottom of the first with two straight hits. Smith batted one run in with a sacrifice fly to center and a single up the middle by Lauren Clark gave the Gaels a 2-0 lead.
The score didn't stay that way for long, as Ho'opi'i knocked a solo homerun over dead center to bring the Broncos within one run in the top of the second.
Santa Clara threatened again in the third after a bunt hit by Shelby Gibbs put two on for the Broncos with one out. Grove moved them both into scoring position with a bunt, but a hard shot by Jeanine Ruffoni was handled by the third baseman to end the inning. In the bottom of the inning, Saint Mary's got a two-out rally going that started with a walk, then a single down the left field line by Kat Delpit and an RBI double by Sandra Ruezga to bring the score to 3-1 before Morales ended the inning by forcing a bases loaded popup to first base.
Ruezga added another RBI in the fifth for Saint Mary's with a bloop single down the left field line to give Saint Mary's a 4-1 lead heading into the sixth inning.
Gibbs went 2-for-3 for the Broncos in the leadoff spot.
Santa Clara takes a break from their PCSC play next weekend when they travel to Stanford this Tuesday at 6 p.m.