March 21, 2006
Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's softball team defeated Princeton 6-1 to earn their fourth victory of the season and snap the Tiger's six-game winning streak. Megan Galloway earned the victory for the Gaels in game two, her first of the season and the Gaels third at home. Saint Mary's dropped game one of the doubleheader 7-3 with starting pitcher Chelsea Loftis getting tagged with the loss. With the split, the Gaels improve to 4-20 on the season while Princeton advances to 7-4 on the year.
Princeton's Cristina Cobb-Adams led off game two with a single up the middle and would round home plate on Amanda Erickson's fielder's choice. However, the Tiger's advantage would be short lived as the Gael's Lauren Mello smashed her first homer of the year over the left field fence of Cottrell Field. This would begin the game two rally as SMC would tack on five more runs, two in the second, two in the fifth and one in the sixth to edge Princeton 6-1.SMC brought in two more in the second when senior Marcia-Marie Euker doubled up the middle to score catcher Eleni Papailias who reached base on a single. Short-stop Justine Larsen continued the rally with a single of her own to bring in Euker. Saint Mary's exploded once again in the fifth. With runners on the corners and one out, Papailias placed a bunt in perfect position for Taketa to slide home and escape Princeton's throw for a 4-1 lead. Saint Mary's closed the inning after tacking on one more run as Russell lined a single to center to move up the runners and bring Ruezga home. Senior Shelly Taketa wasn't satisfied though as she smashed a one-out double to the center field wall to score Mello from first to make it a 6-1 final.Megan Galloway earned her first victory of the season, throwing a complete game and improving her ERA to 4.73 on the season. She allowed just one run on nine hits while striking out one in seven innings from the circle.Offensively, SMC tallied nine hits, including two doubles and a home run. Three Gaels posted a multi-hit game including Taketa who went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Papailias batted 2-for-3 in game two with an RBI and a run scored while Larsen finished the game going 2-for-2 with an RBI. Euker smashed her second double of the season and tallied an RBI and a run scored. Bronwyn Russell (1-for-4) and Lauren Mello (1-for-2) tacked on the other hits for the Gaels.In game one, Saint Mary's was downed 7-3 by the Tigers as they were out-hit 11-7. Erin Snyder earned the win for Princeton giving up one run on seven hits in her first four innings pitched. She was relieved by Calli Jo Varner in the bottom of the fifth but returned when Varner gave up two hits and allowed SMC to score a run. Snyder returned and was nearly perfect as she retired six of the seven batters she faced and improved her record to 3-1 on the season.Chelsea Loftis scored the first run of the game on a Ruezga single after singling down the left field line and picking up second on a wild pitch and stealing third. Saint Mary's would not score again until the fifth when Ruezga, who led off the inning with a single to right center and advanced on an illegal pitch, would be brought home on a double by Larsen. The Gaels tacked on one more in the fifth when pinch runner Kayla Adridge came home on a hit by Michelle Mathis.Offensively, Chelsea Loftis finished game one going 2-for-3 with two stolen bases and a run scored while Sandra Ruezga batted 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Justine Larsen smashed her first double of the season in game one and tallied two RBI on the day. Bronwyn Russell posted a multi-hit game going 2-for-3.A big inning in the fifth retired Loftis from the game and earned her the loss after allowing five runs, three hits and a strikeout in three innings from the circle. Marlena Green threw the next two innings of relief, giving up two runs on five hits. Kate Albaugh entered for the Gaels in the sixth and gave up just three hits while holding the Tiger's scoreless in the final two innings of the game.Saint Mary's returns to the diamond on Saturday March 25 as they play host to the Cal Poly Mustangs. The first pitch of the non-conference doubleheader is slated for Noon from Cottrell Field.