March 15, 2006
Moraga, CA-The Saint Mary's Softball team earned their third victory of the season in a 4-1 decision over Southern Utah, Wednesday from Cottrell Field. Sophomore hurler, Chelsea Loftis (1-5) picked up the win for the Gaels, her first of the season. In her third complete game this season, Loftis allowed five hits and just one earned run while striking out one. In game two, the Gaels were downed 11-0 in five innings by the Thunderbirds who out-hit SMC 8-2. With the split, Saint Mary's improves to 3-17 while it put Southern Utah at 2-18.
In game two, SMC out-hit SUU 9-5 with Lauren Mello, Shelly Taketa and Kayla Aldridge all smashing doubles. Offensively, the Gaels were led by Mello who went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Third baseman, Michelle Mathis also added a 2-for-4 effort while Senior outfielder, Shelly Taketa added a hit and two RBI in game two.
Saint Mary's took the lead first when Bronwyn Russell drew a walk and then scored on a right field single by Lauren Mello in the third inning. The Gaels tacked on three more runs in the fifth in a five hit rally against the Thunderbirds. Russell and Mathis both singled and Russell scored on a double by Mello down the left field line. Taketa followed with a two-run double to bring in Mello and Mathis.
SMC's Megan Galloway and Bronwyn Russell accounted for the Gaels only two hits in game one. Opposing pitcher, Bobbi Jo Merrill (1-3) earned the victory for the Thunderbirds, allowing just one hit and striking out two in the 11-0 decision.
Megan Galloway was tagged with the loss for the Gaels as she allowed eight runs on seven hits. In game one, Galloway struck out six of the 22 batters she faced, increasing her number to 25 on the season. Lauren Gardner came in for 0.2 innings of relief, giving up three earned runs.
Saint Mary's returns to action Saturday March 18 when they travel to Stockton, CA to face the Pacific Tigers. The doubleheader is set to begin at Noon from Bill Simoni Field.