SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Rain in the Bay Area has limited the Santa Clara University softball team to indoor practices early this week after washing out three of four scheduled games in Sacramento over the weekend.
If weather permits, Santa Clara (4-10) will face some tough competition this week at the Aggie Stampede, a tournament hosted by UC Davis. Local rival California (21-3) is ranked No. 10 nationally in the latest USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll. UC Davis (12-11) is unbeaten at home this year and Oregon State (14-8) has won seven straight.
The tournament in Davis marks the final weekend of non-conference play for Santa Clara, who will open its Pacific Coast Softball Conference (PCSC) schedule at Cal State Bakersfield (6-15) the weekend of April 9-10.
The Broncos started the year 4-6 but have since lost four straight. SCU's offense was terrific earlier this month at the Colorado State Classic, where the team scored 37 runs and had 40 hits in five games. Since, the SCU lineup has generated just seven runs and 15 hits in five games.
Centerfielder Briana Knight (pictured) leads the club in batting average (.400), hits (14), total bases (28) and stolen bases (3). The Broncos are hitting .222 as a team but do have some pop in the lineup. Knight has homered three times and sophomore shortstop Jamie Wallis has hit four.
Rookie contributions have come from starting pitcher Jessica Turner, who has started in nine of SCU's 14 games and has thrown three complete games and first baseman Kelly Scribner and outfielder Stephanie Fisher. Scribner, Fisher and freshman classmate Krista Jensen have combined for 24 hits.
2011 Aggie Stampede
Dates: Friday, Mar. 25, Saturday, Mar. 26 and Sunday, Mar. 27, 2011
Host: UC Davis
Field (5 teams): UC Davis, Santa Clara, No. 10 California, Oregon State, St. Mary's
Site: La Rue Field, Davis Calif.
Directions/Parking: La Rue Field is located southwest corner of La Rue Rd. and Russell Blvd. in Davis. From Hwy 113, take the Russell Blvd. exit and go east on Russell Blvd and turn right on La Rue Rd. Parking is available in Lot 35, which is located on the southwest corner of La Rue Rd. and Orchard Park Circle. There will be a fee on Friday and no charge on the weekend.
Website: Aggie Stampede Tournament Central
Friday, March 25
9 a.m. Oregon State vs. St. Mary's
11:15 a.m. Oregon State vs. Santa Clara
1:30 p.m. St. Mary's vs. UC Davis
3:45 p.m. Santa Clara vs. UC Davis
Saturday, March 26
9 a.m. No. 10 California vs. St. Mary's
11:15 a.m. No. 10 California vs. Santa Clara
1:30 p.m. Oregon State vs. St. Mary's
3:45 p.m. Oregon State vs. UC Davis
Sunday, March 27
9 a.m. Oregon State vs. UC Davis
11 a.m. No. 10 California vs. Santa Clara
1:30 p.m. No. 10 California vs. UC Davis