Feb. 12, 2005
Feb. 12, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Santa Clara used key two-run innings in both games as the Broncos beat UC Davis 3-2 and 3-1 in a nonconference softball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at La Rue Field.
UC Davis fell to 2-9 while Santa Clara ran its winning streak to four games and is 5-5. Sophomore Carie Brueckner had two hits in the first game for UC Davis while catcher Megan Turman had a pair - including a triple - in the second. Third baseman Vanessa Werner had two hits for the Broncos in the opener while shortstop Shannon Linerud matched the total in the nightcap.
Santa Clara won the first game after UC Davis missed a chance
to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh, putting the potential
game-tying run at third with one out and then loading the bases
with two gone.
The Aggies trailed 3-2 heading into their last at-bat of the
first game, getting a leadoff single from Brueckner. A sacrfice
and a wild pitch moved her to third with one out but Brueckner
was cut down at the plate after Linerud fielded Kristin Herrera's
grounder at short. A hit by Megan De La Hoya and a fielder's choice
by Turman loaded the bases with two out but reliever Sara Overmier
struck out Nikki Sheldon to end the game.
Santa Clara took the early lead after Aggie pticher Lindsay
Tognetti - who came on in relief of starter Jessica Hancock with
the bases loaded in the third - hit first baseman Kelley Johnson
to force in Werner. The Broncos extended the lead to 3-0 in the
fifth after two UC Davis errors allowed Santa Clara to capitalize
on a pair of hits.
Brueckner singled in Hancock in the bottom half of the inning
while Herrera singled to right to score Lauren Pieretti to help
UC Davis match Santa Clara with two runs of its own.
Jerrica Castagno went 4.1 innings with two strikeouts and
a walk to improve her record to 3-2 while Overmier went the rest
of the way to pick up her first save. Hancock took the loss for
the Aggies, falling to 1-3.
UC Davis jumped to a quick 1-0 lead in the nightcap after
Turman hit a triple to right-center with one out in the first.
Sheldon's sharp liner then bounced off Johnson's glove at first
to score Turman. An infield groundout by Jillian Cassel scored
a run for Santa Clara in the second before the Broncos tallied
a pair of runs off Aggie reliever Stacey Benzing in the sixth
after a infield grounder by Jessica Clee and a double to right
by Maggie Godfrey.
The Aggies loaded the bases in the sixth after singles by
De La Hoya and Turman, and after Sheldon was hit by a pitch from
Broncos starter Liz Courter. But Courter got a groundout and a
lineout to end the threat.
Courter went the distance for Santa Clara, facing the minimum
12 batters from the second through fifth innings. She had one
strikeout and walked none, moving her record to 2-3. Benzing,
the third UC Davis pitcher of the game after starter Rachel Kelly
and Pieretti, fell to 0-1 with the loss.
"We're not making adjustments at the plate," said
UC Davis coach Karen Matteson. "Until we make the adjustments
we're going to continue to put ourselves behind the eight-ball
and have to swing at the pitcher's pitch.
The Aggies also fell to 1-5 in one-run games, including three
in their past four losses.
"We're right there," said Matteson. "We're not
getting blown out... We're in the position, we're just not able
to push it across."
UC Davis returns to action next Saturday with a double-header
at Pacific beginning at noon.