April 4, 2007
Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's softball team dropped two tough games to local powerhouse Fresno State. The Fresno State Bulldogs entered Wednesday's game with a national ranking of No. 24. They defeated the Gaels 8-0 in the first game and 8-3 in game two.
Fresno State got on board by scoring four runs in the first inning. After a lead off single came around to score, Mallory Perkins hit a three run homerun to give the Bulldogs the 4-0 lead. The Bulldogs would strike again in the fourth inning, scoring four more runs. The Bulldog fourth saw back-to-back homeruns by Jenna Cervantes and Kristin Sylvester.
The Gaels had trouble getting to Fresno State's starter Robin Mackin. Mackin earned her 23 win of the season as she struck out 10 while only allowing two hits. Sadie Dolcini and Chelsea Loftis both managed to get hits for the Gaels.
Fresno State got aboard in the first inning of game two. The Bulldogs walked in two runs. The Gaels managed to get one of them back as Molly Bergeson led off with a single. Senior Lauren Mello doubled down the left line to score Bergeson.
The Gaels starter, Megan Galloway, then had some trouble with the Bulldogs in the next two innings. The Gaels gave up six runs over the next two innings to fall behind 8-1.
Bergeson led the Gaels to their second run of the ballgame when she led the bottom of the third inning with a triple. She came around to score on a single later than inning. She would be a part of the Gaels third run as well. Bergeson doubled in Michelle Mathis. Bergeson, the Gaels lead off hitter, finished game two just a homerun shy of the cycle.
Chelsea Loftis came in for relief for the Gaels. Loftis looked good for the Gaels pitching four scoreless innings while scattering five hits.
Fresno State's Mackin earned the victory in the second game as well as the first, her 24th of the season. She struck out eight in 3.2 innings of work in game two, giving her 18 on the day.
They Gaels will look to end an eight game losing skid as the open conference play this weekend against rival Santa Clara. The PCSC opening games begin on Friday at Noon from Cottrell Field.