May 4, 2008
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara softball said goodbye to their four seniors Sunday as they were shutout in their final two games of the season against PCSC opponent Portland State 2-0 and 5-0.
In the first game of the double-header, senior Jackie Morales had her usual solid outing, giving up just four hits and two runs while walking one, but took the loss. Morales also went 1-for-1 on offense. Mandy Hill (17-15) of Portland State got the win and the shutout, scattering five hits over seven innings.
Santa Clara threatened early with a two-out rally. Morales walked, followed by a single to left-center by Noelani Ho'opi'i and another walk by Maggie Godfrey to load the bases, but a hard shot to short by Jeanine Ruffoni was gobbled up to end the inning.
The Broncos had their chances on offense, stranding seven runners in the first four innings, four in scoring position.
Morales started off the game retiring the first 12 batters for Portland State before giving up a leadoff single to center. Then with two outs Brandi Campos hit one through the right side to open up the scoring 1-0.
In the sixth inning, the Vikings extended their lead to 2-0 thanks to a solo homerun by Jamee Rauch. The game would stay that way as Santa Clara would not score in their final two innings of play.
Morales (5-23) started the second game of the double-header as well in the final outing of her collegiate career, but took the loss. She gave up six hits and three runs in three innings of work. Nichole Latham (11-10) earned her second win of the weekend for the Vikings, giving up just two hits in her seven inning shutout.
Portland State wasted no time in taking a lead, scoring two in the first inning on two hits and two Bronco errors, then plated one more to make it 3-0 thanks to a three-hit second inning.
Morales lasted three innings before Kaitlyn Rauschnot came on in relief. Rauschnot gave up one run in each of her first two innings of work to bring the score to 5-0 and that's how it would end after seven innings.
Santa Clara finishes their season 9-51 with a 5-15 conference record.