Softball Drops Close Game to Northern Colorado

Softball Drops Close Game to Northern Colorado

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara softball played a close game against Northern Colorado Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Silicon Valley Classic I but fell 2-0.

A double by Sammy Needham in the bottom of the seventh put runners on second and third and the tying run in scoring position with one out for the Broncos (2-10). Lauren Schiek went down swinging and Hannah Russell was robbed of a base hit on a diving catch by Bears (3-11) third baseman Hailee Swanson.

Northern Colorado got on the board first when Cheyenne Talmadge and Dani Young executed a double steal in the top of the second. The Bears added another run in the fifth on a single by Kenzie Kudrna and a three-base error in left.

Madi Young finished the day 3-for-4 and Swanson added a pair of hits.

Valerie Vidal (3-8) tossed a three-hit shutout with three strikeouts to pick up the win.

Santa Clara had a golden opportunity to even the score in the bottom of the fourth when Eleni Spirakis led off with a triple but a squeeze attempt was popped up and turned into a double play.

Spirakis finished with a pair of hits to lead the offense.

Lauren Anderson (1-5) went 5 2/3 innings in the start and allowed two runs, one earned, on eight hits with four walks and a strikeout, while taking the loss.

Santa Clara heads to the Colorado State Classic and play Nebraska Friday at 9 a.m.

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