May 3, 2009
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - In their final series of the 2009 season, the Santa Clara softball team was swept by the Sacramento State Hornets in a four-game series at the West Valley College Softball Field. The Broncos, who was the designated visiting team on the day, were edged 6-5 in the early game and after a hard fought battle in the first game, the SCU could not upset the second-place Hornets and fell 11-0 in five innings.
Prior to Sunday's doubleheader, SCU honored the career of lone senior Noelani Ho'opi'i. The Bronco captain and first baseman returned to the Santa Clara lineup the day before, after missing almost a month of action due to an injury. On the weekend, the Kaneohe, Hawai'i tallied two hits, a RBI and a run in her return to the lineup.
In the first game of the day, SCU took an immediate 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Junior Breann Netto led off with a walk and was advanced on a Sacramento State throwing error. With runners on second and third, freshman Briana Knight singled center field to score Netto and Megan Smith. The Hornets responded with two-tying runs in the bottom half of the inning and tacked on two additional runs in the second, to take a 4-2 lead.
After two scoreless Santa Clara innings, Knight slammed her sixth career home run over the left center wall, with a runner on first. Knight's two-RBI long ball, was the only Bronco homer on the day. The SCU rookie went 2-for-4 with three RBI's and one run Sunday. The following inning, Welsh, who went 2-for-2 with a run and a RBI, hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Ho'opi'i and take a Bronco 5-4 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, with one out, CSUS' Jenice Bartee doubled to left field to score the five-all tying run. Bartee then advanced to third on a throwing error and was brought home off of Desiree Beltran's walk off RBI single to left field.
After suffering the heartbreaking seventh inning loss, Santa Clara closed out the season with an 11-0 shutout in five innings to Sacramento. After a nine-run first inning from the Hornets, the SCU could not gain any offensive momentum and suffered their final setback of the 2009 campaign.