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Softball Outplayed by University of the Pacific

March 18, 2006

Stockton, CA-The Saint Mary's softball team dropped a doubleheader to the University of the Pacific, Saturday afternoon from Bill Simoni Field in Stockton, CA. The Gaels were shut-out 3-0 in game one by opposing pitcher, Chelsea Engle who gave up just two hits and struck out nine SMC batters in 6 2/3 innings from the circle. In game two, the Gaels started strong, bringing in one runner in the first inning but still dropping the game by a 4-2 decision. With the pair of losses, Saint Mary's drops to 3-19 overall on the season while Pacific improves to 14-11 on the year.

In game one, outfielder Lauren Mello and second baseman Bronwyn Russell tallied the only two hits for the Gaels who dropped the game by the score of 3-0. At the end of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, Saint Mary's left runners stranded with 3-of-6 in scoring position.

Lauren Gardner was tagged with the loss for the Gaels going four innings from the circle and striking out four. She allowed two earned runs on two hits. Megan Galloway came in for two innings of relief, giving up no runs and no hits.

In game two, the Gaels started strong when Lauren Mello singled up the middle to bring in Michelle Mathis who reached base on a walk in the first. The Tigers tied it up in the second when outfielder Jennifer Curtier scored on an error. The Gaels tacked on their second run in the third when Lauren Clark grounded into a double play to score Michelle Mathis who reached base on a walk. That is all the Gaels would get as the Tigers rallied for three more runs, one in the fourth, fifth and sixth to edge the Gaels to a 4-2 decision.

Offensively, SMC was led by Lauren Mello who went 2-for-3 in game two with a double and an RBI. Michelle Mathis and freshman, Sadie Dolcini tacked on the other two hits for the Gaels.

Freshman hurler, Marlena Green started in the circle for the Gaels, tossing four innings and allowing two runs on four hits and striking out one. Chelsea Loftis came in for two innings of relief, also allowing two runs on four hits and getting tagged with the loss.

The Saint Mary's softball team returns to the diamond Tuesday March 21 when they play host to the Princeton Tigers in a 1 pm doubleheader. Both games will be played at Cottrell Field.