March 31, 2007
Reno, NV - The Saint Mary's softball team ended the month of March on a rough note as they faced Utah and Nevada in the first day of competition at the Nevada Invitational. The Gaels dropped the first game to Utah by a score of 4-12. The lost the second game to invitational host, Nevada, by a score of 13-2. The Gaels finished the month with a 10-16 record and fall to 15-20 overall.
The Gaels ran into a tough Utah team in game one. The Utah Utes defeated the Gaels 12-4 while out hitting Saint Mary's 17 to 5. The Utes scored in all six innings of play today. They added six home runs in today's match. Junior centerfielder Diana Phillips hit two homeruns today. She got on base four times and scored four runs in game one. Sophomore Staci Hemmingway also added two homeruns in the Utes victory.
The Gaels scored all four of their runs in the fourth inning. Molly Bergeson led off the inning with a single. Bronwyn Russell followed with a single. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Sadie Dolcini singled and plated the first Gael run. Megan Galloway then added a homerun of her own to plate the second, third and fourth Gael runs. Galloway's homerun now puts her in a team lead with five.
Nevada jumped on the Gaels in the first inning of game two. The Wolf Pack scored five runs in the top of the first inning. They recorded runs in the first four of five innings today and added six in the fourth. Nevada used small ball to record most of their 13 runs. Freshman Sam Bias added the one homerun of the game in the fist inning. The four-bagger plated three runs.
The Gaels scored one run in the bottom of the first when Russell took first base on a walk. She stole second base and then advance to third on a wild pitch. She came around to score on a single by Galloway. Saint Mary's recorded its second run after Jenna Smith singled. An error allowed the Smith to cross the plate as the Gaels second run.
Saint Mary's will return to action for day two of the Nevada Invitational tomorrow. The Gaels will have a chance to face off against both Utah and Nevada for a second time on Sunday, April 1.