April 26, 2008
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Santa Clara (9-45, 5-9 PCSC) lost two one-run games in the first of two double-headers against Sacramento State (26-19, 8-6 PCSC) Saturday.
In the first game, the Broncos fell behind 2-0 in the first three innings and managed just four hits and no runs through their first six innings. But in the bottom of the seventh, Nicole Picard got things started with a leadoff single through the left side. Jeanine Ruffoni followed that up with a single of her own to right field. Ashley Grove loaded the bases on a fielders choice with a bunt. Noelani Ho'opi'i drew a walk that scored Picard and brought the score to 2-1 with no outs and the bases still loaded. Leading RBI producer Amanda Edmonson came up next, but fouled a pitched off her face with an 0-2 count and had to leave the game. Maggie Godfrey came in to pinch hit and struck out. Jackie Nicora followed that up with a pop out to first, but Jackie Morales got hit by a pitch to force in a run and tie the score at 2-2 before Breann Netto struck out to end the inning.
But with the tie scored in the bottom of the seventh, Sac State got things started with a leadoff double and a single in succession. Morales forced two straight groundouts, but with two outs gave up a walkoff single to right that scored the winning run.
Morales (5-19) pitched a full game giving up seven hits and three earned runs.
In the second game, the Broncos jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning with a bases loaded walk and then a two-run single by Nicora. Sacramento State answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to bring the score to 3-2. Kaitlyn Rauschnot, who started, pitched a scoreless second inning before getting relieved by Lauren Passafuime. Passafuime gave up four quick hits which scored four runs before getting taken out of the game with two outs in the third inning with Morales coming on in relief with the score 5-3.
The score would remain that way until Santa Clara brought it to within one in the fifth inning off of Ho'opi'i's RBI double. But in the final inning, the Broncos could not manage a hit with a final score of 5-4.
Santa Clara will play two more games tomorrow against their PCSC foes starting at noon.