April 23, 2008

Broncos Softball Drops Double-Header to No. 24 Hawai'i

April 23, 2008

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara (9-43) dropped their double-header against No. 24 Hawai'i (33-14) Wednesday. The Broncos fell 9-3 in the first game and 3-0 in game two.

In the first game of the double-header, Jackie Morales (5-18) started out and took the loss for the Broncos. Morales threw four innings, giving up six hits and four unearned runs.

Hawai'i got things started in the second inning with a single by Kate Robinson who later scored by a throwing error on the right fielder. Then in the fourth inning the Rainbow Wahine put three more across with a two out rally after an error by shortstop Ashley Grove that could have ended the inning.

In the fifth inning, Kaitlyn Rauschnot came in to pitch and lasted just one inning giving up five runs on five hits which gave Hawai'i a 9-0 lead. Facing the eight-run rule in the bottom of the fifth, Santa Clara put together a rally of their own as Amanda Edmonson broke up the perfect game for Hawai'i with a single to center. After Jackie Nicora grounded into a double-play, the Broncos were just one out from the end of the game, but Jackie Morales singled to center and Breann Netto doubled to put both of them in scoring position for Ashley Blier who singled both runners home to extend the game.

Lauren Passafuime came in to pitch for Santa Clara and held Hawai'i scoreless for the last two innings, but the Broncos were only able to bring one more run across in the sixth to make the final score 9-3.

In the second game, Passafuime (0-4) continued to pitch for the Broncos and threw all seven innings, giving up just six hits and three unearned runs.

Passafuime gave up one run in the first inning and two in the second to get in a quick 3-0 deficit, but started to hit her stride in the third where, after allowing a leadoff single, proceeded to retired the next 12 batters in a row before allowing an infield single in the seventh inning to break the streak.

For Santa Clara offensively, the Broncos had trouble being a consistent threat, scattering three hits over the first six innings. But they started to get a rally going in the bottom of the seventh however, as Jeanine Ruffoni, Nicora, and Noelani Ho'opi'i all singled to load the bases with one out. However, Morales ended the game by grounding into a double play at third. The final score was 3-0.

Nicora and Ho'opi'i both ended up 2-for-3 in the game.

The Broncos head to Sacramento State to take on the Hornets this coming weekend as they resume PCSC conference play. They will play two double-headers on Saturday and Sunday, both starting at noon.