April 4, 2009
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Santa Clara softball team fell in both games of this afternoon's doubleheader to PCSC foe Portland State at Erv Lind Stadium in Portland, Ore. In their conference opening weekend, the Broncos were shutout 8-0 in the early game and dropped a 9-2 decision to close out the day. SCU (5-29, 0-2 PCSC) was led by sophomore outfielder Jackie Nicora, who's two RBI double in the second game tallied the Broncos only runs on the day. The Pebble Beach, Calif. native went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a walk against the Vikings on Saturday.
In the 8-0 loss, SCU managed to stay in the game until the bottom of the third inning. After going into the third down 1-0, PSU took off with five runs. Portland State followed in the fourth and fifth innings with a run apiece to solidify the shutout. Nicora posted a single to centerfield in the third and a one-bagger to the left side in fifth inning. Emily Batt, Amanda Edmonson and Nicole Picard each tallied a single in the Broncos' five hit game.
Following the first game loss, SCU looked to be building a comeback in the second game of the doubleheader. After giving up a 3-0 lead to PSU, Santa Clara responded with two runs in the top of the fourth. Nicora doubled to right center to score Briana Knight and Jenna Fong for two Bronco runs. With the game in reach, the Vikings snapped SCU's momentum with a second five-run inning. In the bottom of the fourth Portland State scored five runs and continued with a run in the sixth, to which Santa Clara could not counter with any Bronco runs. SCU's offense was kept at bay by PSU's defense, as only three Santa Clara hits were allowed. Knight and Kristin Welsh each had a single in the game, in addition to Nicora's two-run double.
The Broncos look to bounce back on Sunday, April 5, as they close out the weekend series at Portland State with a doubleheader. First pitch is at 11 a.m.