March 19, 2007
Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's softball team split today's doubleheader against the New Mexico State Aggies. Game one saw was a thriller as the Gaels hit a walk off in extra inngins. Game two was a pitcher's dual. The Gael offense never got sparked in the second game and the Aggies took it down.
The Gaels fell behind quickly in the first game. The Aggies used a couple of hits and some mental mistakes by the Gaels to put up six runs in the first three innings. After just two and a half innings the Gaels were down 6-1 after scoring a run in the bottom of the first.
It was in the bottom of the fourth that Gaels offense struck. The Gaels scored their first two of four total runs on a homerun by freshman third baseman Katherine Delpit. Molly Bergeson and Bronwyn Russell got on base and were pushed across the plate as the next few batters each earned walks.
With the score 6-5, Russell got on base via the error. She scored on a single by Sadie Dolcini. This tied the game up at 6-6. The game went into extra innings. Lauren Mello was on second base in the bottom of the ninth. In the firth three innings the Gaels were hurt by wild pitches. In the ninth a wild pitch by the Aggies put Mello on third base. With Two outs and two strikes Sandra Ruezga hit a walk off single up the middle to give the Gaels the 7-6 victory.
Senior right hander Kate Albaugh came in relief in the middle of the second inning. Albaugh came in to the game and did not allow the Aggies to cross the plate for the next 6.2 innings en route to earning the victory. She kept the Gaels in the game and let the offense get it done in the later innings. In extra innings, when by rule each at-bat team starts with a runner on second base, she went 1-2-3 and gave her team the chance to win. She struck out five batters in her 6.2 innings of work.
The Gael offense, who struck late in game one to earn the win, could not get in going in the second game. New Mexico State's Kim Watson pitched great for the Aggies in game two. She earned the complete game victory, pitching 7.0 innings and striking out eight. She only gave up four hits.
The Gaels improved to 14-15 on the season. They are nearing the end of the longest home stand in program history. The Gaels have played in 14 straight games from Cottrell Field. On this stretch the Gaels are 8-6. They will complete the final games of the home stretch on Thursday when they face Pacific at 2:00 p.m.