Early Runs Lift Softball Over Saint Mary's

Early Runs Lift Softball Over Saint Mary's

MORAGA, Calif. – After a quiet day with the bats to open conference play, Santa Clara softball made some early runs stand up in a 4-1 win at Saint Mary's Sunday afternoon.

The Broncos (9-28, 1-2 WCC) got on the board two batters into the game, taking advantage of an error to the leadoff batter, and then added two more in the second to take a quick 3-0 lead.

"I was happy to see the team come back with some early offense," Santa Clara head coach Lisa Dodd said. "Regan did a good job to make those runs stand up and get us a good win to close out the series."

After a sacrifice fly by Regan Dias got the scoring going, Kelsie Barnard led off the second with a single and Emma Bickford followed with her first collegiate home run.

Dias added another RBI in the sixth to finish the day with two and Morgan Modesto was 3-for-3 with a run scored.

In the circle, Dias (6-8) pitched well, going the distance to collect the win. She allowed a run on eight hits with one strikeout.

Saint Mary's (9-28, 2-1 WCC) got a an RBI from Dylan Linton for its only run of the game with Kalissa Heihn coming across the plate. Kimiko Zapanta added a pair of hits as well.

Eileen Perez (2-14) started for the Gaels and took the loss in 1 inning, allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits with a strikeout.

Santa Clara returns home to take on Loyola Marymount Friday at 4 and 6 p.m.

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