SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Santa Clara softball used its bats to beat Fairleigh Dickinson 9-3 Saturday morning but fell to Sacramento State 7-1 in the second game of the day.
Santa Clara's (4-18) bats came alive in the first game of the day, scoring a season-high nine runs and getting a strong start from Aubree Kim.
The Broncos scored in the first and added two runs in each of the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, highlighted by a two-run home run by Taylor Burns in the fifth after Fairleigh Dickinson had scored three times in the top of the frame to get within 5-3.
Samantha Johnson-Needham was 4-for-4 with a double, three runs scored, and two RBIs to lead the Santa Clara offense while Hannah Russell was 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Eleni Spirakis added a pair of hits with a run scored and an RBI and Burns knocked in three.
Kim (2-8) went the distance to pick up the win and struck out a career-high nine. She allowed three unearned runs on four hits with seven walks.
All of the Knight's offense came in the fifth when a Bronco error on a sacrifice bunt led to three runs. Madison Emerson had the biggest hit in the inning, a two-out two run single.
Three other Knights collected a hit in the game with Summer Mendoza roping a double.
Erica Johnson (1-6) got the loss for Fairleigh Dickinson in 2 1/3 innings. She allowed three runs on five hits with two walks and a strikeout.
Sacramento State (12-8) jumped on Santa Clara (4-19) starter Micaela Vierra for seven runs in two innings.
Suzy Brookshire had a big day at the plate, blasting two home runs and driving in five while Zamari Hinton was 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Vierra (2-9) allowed seven runs, six earned, on six hits with a walk while getting the loss.
Kelsie Barnard picked up two hits for the Broncos with Katherine Sanchez collecting an RBI and Adele Elkind scoring a run.
Savanna Corr (3-4) pitched a complete game for the win. She allowed a run on four hits with two strikeouts.
UP NEXTThe Broncos play UC Davis at 11:45 a.m. and Sacramento State at 2 p.m. tomorrow.
|Live Stats||March 18 at UC Davis|
|March 18 vs. Sacramento State|
Tickets: Season or single-game tickets are available. Click here to purchase online or contact the ticket office in Leavey Center weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (408) 554-4660 or BroncoTickets@scu.edu. Group discounts are also available through our ticket office sales and service consultants. Gates to the Santa Clara Softball Stadium, as well as its ticket booth, are open one hour prior to the start of the game.
Connect with the Broncos on Social Media
Athletics: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Snapchat
Softball: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram