Feb. 15, 2007
Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's softball team began the 2007 season just as their first inning of today's first game did. The Gaels exploded for five runs as they hit for the cycle in game one's first inning. The Gaels defeated Sonoma State in both games of a doubleheader. The final score for game one was 7-3; game two was won 4-2.
Today's match marked the first season opening victory for head coach Jessica Hanaseth. This also marks the first season opener that the Gaels have won since January 30, 2002.
Game one began with a fireworks show as the Gaels sent eight batters to the plate. The game led off with a Bronwyn Russell double. Newcomer Molly Bergeson then added a single, advancing Russell to third, before stealing second base. Today's big bat, senior Lauren Mello then tripled to the right field driving in two. Sadie Dolcini got in on the action doubling in Mello. With two outs and a runner on base Megan Galloway came to bat. The Gaels had already hit for a single, double and triple in the inning. Galloway completed the package by sending a ball into the cheap seats.
The Gaels would tack on another run by again flexing their offensive muscle. Mello led off the third inning with a home run of her own giving the Gaels a 6-0 lead.
Sonoma State would counter with a three run fourth inning after stringing together a few hits off of the games winning pitcher Lauren Gardner. Gardner, who recorded the win, was effective in 4.0 innings only giving up three runs and striking out one.
Galloway closed the door on the Seawolves in the first game. She recorded the save after pitching three complete innings of relief. She struck out four batters on three innings, proving that she can get it done on the mound and in the batters box.
The story of game two was a similar tale to game one; good pitching and some pop at bat. Kate Albaugh, who recorded the complete game win, began the contest by striking out two of the first three batters she faced. Albaugh had faced the minimum through five innings of play. She ran into a bit of trouble in the sixth when Sonoma State managed a two out rally. She regained composure and managed to get out of the inning and close the game in the seventh. On the game she tallied nine strikeouts in seven innings and only allowed two runs.
The Gaels got on the scoreboard first in game two. Mello singled in her first at bat of game two and came around to score on a Dolcini single. Mello got the Gaels going in third inning as she led off with a home run; her second lead off `shot to go' in two games. The Gaels added two more runs in the inning to take a 4-0 lead. Those four runs would provide to be all the offense the Gaels would need as they went on to win game two 4-2.
Lauren Mello finished today's games going 4-7 with four runs, four RBI, two homeruns and a triple.