April 11, 2009
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara softball team dropped the season series to Loyola Marymount with four straight losses this weekend. After going 0-2 on Friday, SCU fell 11-8 in the early game and were shutout 9-0 to close out the series. Sophomore Amanda Edmonson led the Bronco offense, going 3-for-5 with a run on the day.
In the early game, the Broncos were even keeled with the Lions through the first five innings. With a 5-4 lead, Santa Clara looked to be on pace for their first conference victory of the season. In the bottom of the sixth, SCU's hope to snap their 0-2 record versus LMU this season was prevented with a Loyola Marymount seven-run inning. The Broncos' looked to respond and bounce back, but could only come up with two runs in the seventh to drop an 11-8 decision to their Southern California foe.
A bright spot came in SCU's offensive fight in the first five-and-a-half innings. Santa Clara tallied a four-run fourth inning and in the fifth, freshman Briana Knight hit her fourth career home run. On the defensive end, the Broncos' Jenna Fong threw four strikeouts and kept pace with the Lions through five innings.
In the final game of the four-game series, LMU took a 5-0 lead in the first. They secured their sweep of the Broncos with two runs in both the second and third innings, to defeat Santa Clara 9-0 in five innings. SCU managed only one hit in the game from second baseman Megan Smith.
With their first conference home stand under their belt, the Broncos (5-35, 0-8 PCSC) travel to Stanford on Tuesday April 14, for a solo non-conference contest at 6 p.m. They then jump back into PCSC action versus Saint Mary's from April 18-19, in Moraga, Calif.