May 5, 2013
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - In her final start of the 2013 campaign, junior right-hander Cassidy Coleman became USD's all-time strikeout leader with her eight strikeouts as USD (24-29, 9-15) cruised to a 6-0 win in game one behind Coleman's one-hit shutout. Santa Clara (8-45, 5-19) was able to take the season finale, however, as the Broncos won game two on Sunday by a score of 5-4. USD and SCU split the series two games apiece.
Coleman (13-13), who now has 455 career strikeouts, surpassed Jennifer Ellenbeck (447 Ks; 2007-10) for first place on the career strikeout list.
With Coleman in control in the circle, USD's offense kept adding on. The Toreros plated another two runs in the top of the fifth on an RBI single down the left field line by Tomey and an RBI double to right-center by Grabowski.
The final insurance run came in the top of the sixth for USD with an RBI double to left-center by Mickell Escobar.
Santa Clara got a runner to second base in the bottom of the first (on back-to-back walks) and bottom of the fourth (on a double), but never mounted a serious scoring threat as Coleman worked her way through her third shutout of the season.
The Torero offense was powered by the middle of the lineup as Dana Prelsnik (2-for-3, 2 R), Tomey (3-for-4, 2 RBI), Kaneko (2-for-4, 2 R, RBI) and Grabowski (2-for-4, 2 RBI) each registered multi-hit games for USD in game one.
In game two, USD again came out of the gates strong as they scored a run in the top of the first on Grabowski's RBI double that scored Morgan Kurtz.
However, Santa Clara answered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run by Wallis to lead off the inning and tie the game at 1-1.
The Toreros jumped out ahead 4-1 in the top of the third though. Tomey singled in a run, followed by another run-scoring double by Grabowski, this one bringing in two USD runs.
The Broncos answered again by scoring a run in the bottom of the third on an RBI single, bringing the score to 4-2. SCU tacked on another run in with an RBI triple in the bottom of the fourth, cutting the USD lead to one.
USD was held scoreless for the rest of the game as SCU finally took the 5-4 lead in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single and a sacrifice fly.
Jenny Lahitte (10-15) took the loss in game two, throwing 5.0 innings where she allowed five runs on six hits while striking out three and walking two. Coleman came on for one inning in relief, allowing no runs on two hits with a strikeout.
Kurtz (2-for-4, R), Kaneko (2-for-3, R) and Grabowski (3-for-4, 3 RBI) led the way for the Toreros at the plate in game two.