May 3, 2008

Broncos Drop First Double-Header Against Portland State

May 3, 2008

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara softball lost a 10 inning heartbreaker to PCSC opponent Portland State 3-2 in the first game of their double-header Saturday. The Broncos then fell 11-0 in five innings in the second game. Santa Clara is 9-49 on the season and 5-13 in conference play.

Jackie Mores (5-21) pitched a gem in the first game of the day, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning. She eventually ended up giving up six hits over ten innings, three runs, one earned, while walking just one batter and hitting another. Morales stuck out four in her effort and also went 2-for-4 at the plate.

Unfortunately for the Broncos, they were up against another pitcher having a great outing. Mandy Hill (16-15) of Portland State took her own no-hitter to the bottom of the fifth and finished the game with a five-hit shutout, striking out 16 and giving up no walks.

Santa Clara looked like they might get one the board in the bottom of the sixth when Breann Netto hit a two-out bloop single to center. Ashley Grove then came up and hit a shot to right that was dropped by the right fielder, but was picked up and thrown to third to get Netto as she tried to take an extra base.

In the top of the seventh, Morales had her no-hitter broken up by Arielle Wiser with a hard grounder up the middle. Morales then retired the next three batters on a groundball and two infield pop-ups to send the game to the bottom of the seventh still scoreless.

With the middle of the Bronco lineup coming up in the bottom of the seventh, Hill proceeded to strike out all three batters to send the game into extra innings.

Santa Clara caught a break in the eighth after Morales allowed another leadoff single. After forcing a groundout, Portland State appeared to get a hit to left field and advance the runner to third, but the runner was ruled to have left early and the hit was taken away. Morales capitalized on the Viking error and retired the batter on a groundout to end the inning.

The game remained scoreless going into the tenth inning, the European tiebreaker rule went into effect as the batter who made the last out the inning before was placed on second at the start of the inning. Morales then hit the next batter and allowed the runners to move to second and third after a wild pitch, still with no outs. Brandi Scoggins then broke the game open with a double to right which scored both runners, then advanced to third with an error on the right fielder. Brandi Campos then drove the runner on third home with a single to make the score 3-0.

Leading off in the bottom of the tenth for Santa Clara was Jenna Fong, pinch hitting. She hit a dribbler to third that was thrown away, scoring Grove from second. Noelani Ho'opi'i then singled to left to put runners on first and second with no outs. Maggie Godfrey came in to pinch hit and got hit by a pitch to bring up Morales with bases loaded and no outs. Morales hit a long fly ball which landed on the left field line and scored one more run, bringing the score to 3-2 with bases loaded and still no outs. However, two straight strikeouts and a groundout ended Santa Clara's chance at a comeback.

In the second game of the day, Portland State started out strong with a three-run homerun by Jackie Heide in the top of the first before Santa Clara could even register an out. Passafuime got two outs, but gave up two more hits before giving up a triple to Kristin Wilson that scored two more runs. Kaitlyn Rauschnot came on in relief of Passafuime and gave up a bloop single to center which scored the runner on third to put the Broncos in a 6-0 hole after the first inning.

Rauschnot found herself in trouble in the third, loading the bases with no outs. One run scored on a sacrifice fly, but Rauschnot retired the next two batters to minimize the damage as the Broncos went into the bottom of the inning down 7-0.

Portland State plated two more runs in the fourth when the ball took a bad hop away from Jenna Fong with two outs and scored two runs to bring the score to 9-0. The Vikings added two more in the fifth for an 11-0 lead.

Santa Clara loaded the bases in the fifth inning, but was unable to bring anyone across which ended the game by merit of the eight-run rule.

Passafuime (0-6) took the loss and Nichole Latham (10-10) earned the win for Portland State by giving up just four hits in five innings.