March 30, 2013

Broncos Walk Off With Doubleheader Sweep

Santa Clara, Calif. – Santa Clara Softball ended its 8-game losing streak in a big way on Saturday sweeping a doubleheader from the LMU Lions. The Broncos won game one 3-2 and took game two 4-3 in eight innings.

Santa Clara moves to 5-26 on the year while LMU slipped to 21-18. Both teams are now 2-2 in PCSC play.

"It's tough to come back and play a good team like LMU," said head coach Lisa Mize. "I'm proud of how our girls came through and fought. It's nice to see some of the people that haven't stepped up in the past step up today. Cassie had a great weekend, Carissa had a great weekend. We had good pitching all around."

Carissa Theis started both games for the Broncos and was one out away from winning twice. The Broncos' hurler was outstanding in the opener going the distance allowing just two hits with six strikeouts. She notched a 1.80 ERA on the weekend, walking just one batter in 94 faced.

"She was hot all weekend," said Mize of Theis. "She had a lot of strikeouts in both games, and not a lot of walks. They weren't hitting the ball very hard. It was a gut feeling from us to keep her in there."

A sacrifice fly from Cassie Padilla scored Jamie Walls with the eventual winning run in the second inning.

LMU jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Leadoff batter Danielle Smith reached on an error by Theis and one out later Meghan Harmon launched a drive over the left center field fence for her sixth homerun of the season.

The Broncos tied the game in the bottom half of the first stringing together five consecutive hits. Base running miscues cost the Broncos an even bigger inning. Stephanie Fisher opened the frame with a sharp single to center, but was called out for leaving the base early an attempted steal.

Singles by Cassie Padilla, Kelly Scribner and Jordan Newell produced a run but the Broncos lost a baserunner when Padilla and Scribner both stopped at second base after Newell's hit. Jaymi Bautista-Geiger tied the game with double scoring Newell, who advanced to second on a wild pitch.

Theis was perfect after allowing the homerun until two were out in the seventh, retiring 19 straight in the process. Sterling Shuster singled with two outs, but pinch hitter Samantha Nelson popped out to short to end the game.

A two-out walkoff single by Chiara Biagini in the bottom of the eighth inning of game two gave the Broncos the sweep. 

Santa Clara used back-to-back homeruns from Stephanie Fisher and Cassie Padilla to open the first and took a 3-0 lead in the third when Padilla scored on a passed ball. That lead held up until the top of the seventh when the Lions scored three times to tie the game.

Theis had allowed just two hits through the first six innings but was touched for four hits and three runs in the seventh. The Lions mounted a threat in the eighth putting runners on second and third with no out. Jessica Turner relieved Theis and was able to squirm out of the jam. Turner got her first win of the season (1-6) after the Broncos scored in the bottom of the eighth.

Fisher led off with a single, her third hit of the game and 10th multi-hit game this season. Scribner sacrificed her to second with one out and Newell singled sending Fisher to third setting the stage for the Broncos' dramatic walk-off win.

The Broncos resume action on Wednesday, April 3 for a non-conference game at San Jose State and return to PCSC play on April 6 with a noon doubleheader at Cal State Bakersfield.