LAS CRUCES, New Mexico – Junior College All-America transfer Alyssa Jepsen (Redwood City, Calif./Notre Dame, Belmont) made her 2012 debut for Santa Clara and homered against Hotel Encanto Invitational tournament host New Mexico State, but the Broncos gave up a combined 13 runs in the final innings to both NSMU and Indiana en route to a pair of walk-off losses in Las Cruces on Saturday.
Trailing just 3-0 in the fifth against Indiana in Saturday's opener, Briana Knight (Fairfield, Calif./Angelo Rodriguez) hit an RBI-double to centerfield to score teammate Stephanie Fisher (Tracy, Calif./Tracy), cutting the deficit to two. However, Indiana exploded for six runs in the bottom half of the frame, capped off by Cassie Gogreve's bases-clearing 3-RBI double down the right field line, ending the game at 9-1.
Six different Broncos registered a hit in Saturday's opener against Indiana, led by Fisher, who had two. True freshman pitcher Jaymi Bautista-Geiger (Gainesville, Fl./Oak Hall School) worked into the fifth before lefty classmate Briana Rios (Modesto, Calif./Central Catholic) was called upon in relief. Bautista-Geiger (0-1) was the pitcher of record for SCU and was tagged with the loss.
Jepsen was cleared to play for the first time Saturday and responded with a leadoff single in the first inning against NMSU in the afternoon game, then belted a two-out homer to right field in the fifth. Helped along by the pitching of Tulsa native Jessica Turner (0-2), the Broncos were tied with NMSU 1-1 into the third and Jepsen's solo shot pulled SCU back within two, 4-2, in the fifth.
Similar to what happened late in the game against Indiana, the Broncos gave up seven runs in the bottom of the fifth and watched their opponents enjoy another walk-off victory.
Santa Clara (1-4) will wrap up its season-opening six-game trip to the Southwest by playing UTEP Sunday morning. The Miners beat the Broncos in El Paso earlier in the week.
THIS WEEK' SCHEDULE/RESULTS:
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012
UTEP 11, Santa Clara 3 (El Paso, Tex.)
Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 (Hotel Encanto Invitational; Las Cruces, NM)
Santa Clara 12, Saint Mary's 10
Illinois-Chicago 5, Santa Clara 1
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 (Hotel Encanto Invitational; Las Cruces, NM)
Indiana 9, Santa Clara 1
NEW MEXICO STATE 11, Santa Clara 2
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 (Hotel Encanto Invitational; Las Cruces, NM)
vs. UTEP - 11 a.m. (PT)
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April 29, 2012 SCU's Briana Knight Enjoys Seven-RBI Game On Senior Day
April 23, 2012 Future Looks Promising for Briana Rios and Bronco Softball
April 22, 2012 St. Mary’s Takes PCSC Series from Santa Clara Softball
April 18, 2012 SCU Softball Drops 10-2 Decision to Nation’s No. 1, Cal
April 10, 2012 Six Road Games Will Test Santa Clara Softball This Week
April 7, 2012 SCU Softball Drops Close Games to Sacramento State
April 6, 2012 Pitching Dominates Friday's Doubleheader in Sacramento
March 31, 2012 SCU Softball Stuns League-Favorite LMU in Conference Opener
March 28, 2012 No. 13 Stanford Pulls Away from Santa Clara, 9-2
March 25, 2012 Santa Clara's Rally Falls Short against UC Riverside Sunday
March 23, 2012 Santa Clara Edged by Brown and CSU at UCR Invitational
March 17, 2012 Iowa State Tops Santa Clara in Softball Saturday, 6-2
March 16, 2012 Santa Clara-Iowa State Softball Will Play at 4 p.m. Saturday
March 11, 2012 Briana Knight’s Slam Lifts Santa Clara in Tournament Finale
March 10, 2012 Bronco Softball Edged by Gaels and Gauchos on Saturday
March 7, 2012 JMU Rallies, Claims Doubleheader Over Santa Clara
March 3, 2012 Santa Clara Softball Just Misses Upset at San Jose State
February 26, 2012 Carissa Theis Punches Out 13 as SCU Softball Wins Again
February 25, 2012 Team Effort, Freshmen Provide SCU Softball With Clutch Win
February 24, 2012 Seattle Rallies Twice to Beat Santa Clara Softball In Extras
February 23, 2012 Bronco Softball Excited About Their Weekend Games in Moraga
February 21, 2012 UC Davis Escapes With 3-2 Victory, Spoiling SCU Softball’s Home-Opener
February 18, 2012 SCU Softball Drops First Two at Fresno State’s ‘Weekend Series’
February 17, 2012 Offense Has Been an Early-Season Spark for SCU Softball
February 12, 2012 Santa Clara Drops Tough 5-4 Decision to Unbeaten UTEP
February 10, 2012 Santa Clara Softball Tops Rival in Early-Season Tournament Play
February 9, 2012 Wallis Homers for Santa Clara in Season-Opening Setback to UTEP
February 6, 2012 SCU Softball 'Opening Day' is Thursday, Feb. 9 in El Paso
December 15, 2011 Join Bronco Softball for the Annual Crab Feed on Friday, Feb. 3!
December 5, 2011 Senior Kristin Welsh Helps Lead SCU Softball Into 2012 Season
November 11, 2011 SCU Softball Alumni Game Moved to Feb. 4, 2012
November 3, 2011 SCU Broncos Announce 2012 Softball Schedule
October 14, 2011 Fall Ball: Incoming Players Infuse New Energy Into Bronco Softball
September 19, 2011 Bronco Softball Releases 2011 Fall Schedule, Practice Begins Oct. 4
July 20, 2011 Santa Clara Softball: Walk-On Tryout Announcement