March 5, 2006
Terre Haute, IN- Despite having dropped their final two games of the Indiana State Tournament on Sunday afternoon from Price Field, senior outfielder, Shelly Taketa was named to the All-Tournament team. The Gaels dropped their first game of the day by a score of 10-9 to host Indiana State. In game two, the Gaels were edged to a 5-4 defeat by the Eastern Illinois Panthers. With the pair of losses, Saint Mary's falls to 2-14 on the season.
In the first game of the day, the Gaels were led offensively by senior Shelly Taketa who went 2-for-2 with her second home run of the season and a team-high three RBI. Taketa finished the tournament going 5-for-16 with four doubles, a home run and six RBI. She is currently tied for first on the team in RBI with seven and home runs with two.
In game one, Saint Mary's came out strong, when Taketa hit a two-run bomb over the left field fence in the first inning. The Gaels tacked on four more runs in the third when Taketa walked with the bases loaded and Megan Galloway hit a one run single. Freshman, Sadie Dolcini added the last run of the innings when she brought in Taketa on a sacrifice pop-up. The Gaels last effort came in the seventh when they tacked on three more runs when Taketa scored on an error and Michelle Mathis hit the second homer of the day, bringing in Dolcini.
Six Gaels combined for the nine hits on the day. Aside from Taketa's 2-for-2 effort, Michelle Mathis went 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBI. Bronwyn Russell (1-for-3), Lauren Clark (2-for-4), Megan Galloway (1-for-4) and Sadie Dolcini (1-for-3) tacked on the other hits for SMC.
Chelsea Loftis was tagged with the loss for Saint Mary's, giving up the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh when she walked ISU's Julie Damico who was then brought in on a double by Allie May. Freshman hurler, Marlena Green started for SMC, throwing the first three innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and striking out three. Kate Albaugh also added 3.1 innings of relief, allowing three runs on three hits.
In game two, Saint Mary's out-hit Eastern Illinois 9-6 but was held to just four runs. Lauren Gardner took the loss for the Gaels giving up five runs on five hits. Senior, Justine Larsen came in to throw three innings of relief, giving up just one run.
The Gaels made their mark early, tallying a run in the first when Russell doubled to left to get on base and scored on a wild pitch. Eastern Illinois came back with two runs in both the first and the second innings. SMC tacked on two more in the third when Loftis scored on a Lauren Clark single and Taketa brought in Russell on a walk to bring the score to 4-3. The Panthers tacked on their fifth run in the fourth inning when Chelsea Adams scored on a Sarah Coppert single. The Gaels posted one more run in the seventh when Dolcini doubled down the left field line and Sandra Ruezga pinch ran and scored on another double by freshman Kayla Adridge.
Offensively, seven Gaels combined for nine hits with Kayla Adridge and Chelsea Loftis both going 2-for-3. Russell (1-for-3), Clark (1-for-3), Galloway (1-for-4), Dolcini (1-for-3) and Mathis (1-for-3) tacked on the other hits for the Gaels.
Saint Mary's returns to the diamond on Wednesday, March 8 when they host the California Golden Bears in a non-conference doubleheader. The first pitch is slated for 1:00 pm from Cottrell Field.