Broncos Head to Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament

March 3, 2009

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The Santa Clara softball team, 1-9 overall, will travel to Manoa, Hawai'i to participate in the Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament from March 5-8. The four day tournament will be hosted at University of Hawai'i's Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. The Broncos will take on No. 25 Mississippi State at 6 p.m. and Hawai'i at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 5. The following day SCU will square off with Mount Saint Mary's at 1 p.m. and Radford at 3 p.m., and on Saturday they will take on Oregon State at 11 a.m. Santa Clara will close out the tournament on Sunday, March 8, with a final game at 4 p.m. versus Florida Gulf Coast. All game times are Pacific. Live stats will be available for all games at: Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament Live Stats.

Last Time Out
The Broncos enter this week's tournament after falling in all four games at the San Diego Classic I this past weekend. They opened up the weekend with a strong showing versus Utah. After battling from behind, Santa Clara was edged, 2-1, by the Utes. In the final two days of play, the Broncos faced three tough squads, each with at least six wins going into the weekend tournament. On Saturday, they fell in five innings to Colorado State, 10-1, and to the then No. 12 Tigers of Missouri, 10-0. They closed out the Classic with co-hosts, San Diego State, in another five inning loss. They fell, 12-0, for their biggest loss margin of the season.

Briana Knight had another strong showing at the plate, as the freshman outfielder posted three walks, two hits and a RBI. Pitcher Jenna Fong played in all four games and started two this past weekend. The Sacramento, Calif. native threw nine strikeouts, bringing her season total to 12. She also posted two hits on the weekend.

Bright Spot on the Mound
Sophomore pitcher Jenna Fong has become a primary target on the mound for head coach Lisa Mize. The Sacramento, Calif. native, who did not pitch a game in her freshman season, has played in seven games and started in five. In 27.0 innings pitched she has 11 strikeouts and a complete game under her belt. On the offensive end of things, she is second on the team with a .429 batting average. In 14 at bats, she has six hits, two runs and a double. She leads the team with a .600 on base percentage and is second on the team with a .500 slugging percentage.

Knight's On a Roll
Freshman outfielder Briana Knight has had a hit in four of the Broncos last six games. In nine games this season she posts a .308 batting average, eight hits, eight RBIs, four runs, four doubles and two home runs; she is the only SCU player to homer this season. She boasts a slugging percentage of .692 and a fielding percentage of 1.000, and is in the top-five of 15 different statistical categories for Santa Clara. She leads in slugging percentage, runs scored, hits, home runs, total bases, sacrifice flies and total plate appearances.

Scouting No. 25 Mississippi State
No. 25 Mississippi State, 11-3 overall, is led on the mound by Kelsey Nurnberg, who posts an ERA of 1.35 and is, 6-0, in 36.1 innings pitched. She's tallied 29 strikeouts in nine appearances this season. At the plate, Chelsea Bramlett leads the Bulldogs with a .512 batting average in 14 starts. She's 22-for-40, with 17 runs, four RBIs and a triple. She is also 20-for-21 in stolen bases.

Scouting Hawai'i
The University of Hawai'i goes into this week's tournament with a three game winning streak. UH, 6-11 overall, is, 4-4, when playing at home this season. The Rainbows are led by Tanisha Milica, who is hitting .480 in 17 starts. She's 24-for-50 this season with 16 runs, 13 RBIs, four doubles and two home runs. On the mound, Stephanie Rickets leads Hawai'i's five-player pitching staff with a 2.07 ERA. She is, 2-3, and has appeared in 10 games. In 44.0 innings pitched, Rickets has 46 strikeouts, and has thrown five complete games and two shutouts.

Scouting Mount Saint Mary's
Mount Saint Mary's is coming off their first win of the season, after falling in their first three contests. Amanda Burke leads MSM at the plate, hitting .385. In four starts, Burke is 5-for-13, with three runs, two RBIs and one double. The Mountaineers four-player pitching rotation is led by Jaime Fowler, who is the only pitcher with a win this season. Fowler has pitched in 13.0 innings and has thrown 11 strikeouts.

Scouting Radford
Led by second season head coach Mickey Dean, Radford travels to Hawai'i with a, 4-2, overall record. The Highlanders broke their four game winning streak in their last game; they fell, 9-1, to UT Martin. Kellie Snooks leads the trio of Radford pitchers with a 1.26 ERA and an undefeated, 2-0, record. In five appearances, she has 11 strikeouts and one complete game. Offensively, the Highlanders are led by Hope Creasy who's hitting .438 in six starts. She posts seven hits, seven RBIs, two runs, one home run, a triple and a double.

Scouting Oregon State
The Beavers of Oregon State enter this week's tournament with a, 10-10 overall record. OSU went, 3-2, last weekend at the CSUF DiMarini Invitational. They are offensively led by Audrey Roderfeld. Roderfeld is hitting .365, and in 20 starts she is 19-for-52, with 11 RBIs, eight runs, three doubles, two home runs and a triple. With a team-high of 13 RBIs is Stefanie Ewing, who in 20 starts, posts 15 hits, three doubles and two home runs. On the mound, Paige Hull leads the Beaver pitchers with a 2.48 ERA. In 14 appearances and 62.0 innings pitched, she's tallied a, 6-3, record. Hull has 21 strikeouts and batters post a .314 batting average against her.

Scouting Florida Gulf Coast
Florida Gulf Coast, 19-4 overall, travels to Hawai'i with an 11 game winning streak. Catherine McDaniel is undefeated this season at the mound with a, 9-0 record. Posting a 1.84 ERA, she's tallied 58 strikeouts, six complete games and three shutouts. Offensively, Cheyenne Jenks is batting .500 in 23 starts this season. Jenks is 30-for-60, with 31 RBIs, 27 runs, nine home runs and five doubles.