Broncos Take Softball Pair From Aggies

Nikki Sheldon had three hits for UC Davis in Tuesday's matchup at Division I Santa Clara. <br> (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 
Nikki Sheldon had three hits for UC Davis in Tuesday's matchup at Division I Santa Clara.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 

April 6, 2004

Santa Clara 1, UC Davis 0 (Box Score)
Santa Clara 3, UC Davis 0 (Box Score)

(Press release courtesy of Santa Clara Athletics Media Relations)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Bronco pitcher Jaime Forman-Lau struck out the first 11 batters she faced in leading the Santa Clara University softball team to a 1-0 victory over UC Davis this afternoon at Marsalli Park. She finished with 13 Ks in the three-hitter for her 14th win of the season.

The Broncos also won game two by a 3-0 score and improve to 16-20 overall. The Aggies fall to 19-15.

The Broncos scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the first. Centerfielder Angela Kabanuck led off and reached first after a pitch by Amy Rosson hit her. Third baseman Vanessa Werner then moved Kabanuck to second on a bunt down the third baseline. Second baseman Jenny Brown walked to load the bases. Shortstop Shannon Linerud then drove in Kabanuck with a single to right field. The Broncos were unable to further capitalize in the inning.

Brown doubled to open the third for the Broncos' final hit of the game. It also marked Brown's third double in the team's last three outings.

Forman-Lau's no-hitter was broken up in the fifth with Aggie Jenna Cresta's single to right field. UCD's Megan Turman added a two-out double in the sixth and teammate Nikki Sheldon posted a two-out single in the seventh to comprise UC Davis' three hits of the game. The loss was only the fifth of the year for Rosson.

In the matinee, Santa Clara loaded the bases in the bottom of the third with no outs. UC Davis was able to record two outs at home plate and close out the inning without allowing any runs.

Three Bronco his in the fourth scored one run to give SCU a lead. Pitcher Liz Courter opened the frame with a single and advanced to second when catcher Kate Goethals' base hit followed. Courter was out on third as right-fielder Keri Reisinger reached first. Goethals moved to third on a fielder's choice and was brought home by Werner's two-out RBI single.

 

 

The contest was put out of reach in the fifth with two more Bronco runs. With one out, Aggie pitcher Rachel Kelly walked Linerud and designated player Rachel Sherman. Courter followed with a high hopper to load the bases. Goethals brought in Linerud with an out made at second. Goethals then stole second, allowing Sherman to steal home on the throw.

Santa Clara finished with nine hits, giving Courter the win in the circle. Kelly took the loss for UCD. The Aggies scattered six hits across the innings, including two in the seventh in an attempted comeback. Sheldon had two hits for the Aggies.

UC Davis returns to California Collegiate Athletic Association action with a doubleheader at San Francisco State on Friday. The Aggies will play at Sonoma State on Saturday.