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Softball Drops Conference Opener

April 8, 2006

Box Score

Portland, OR- The Saint Mary's softball team dropped both games of their conference opener against Portland State Saturday afternoon from Erv Lind Stadium. The Gaels were edged by the score of 2-0 in game one with sophomore Chelsea Loftis taking the loss. In game two, Saint Mary's fell 10-1 with starting pitcher, Megan Galloway getting tagged with the loss. With the sweep, Saint Mary's falls to 4-27 overall and 0-2 in conference. Portland State moves to 21-11 and 2-0 in conference play.

In game one,Portland State's Michelle Hext threw a complete game one-hit shut-out to defeat Saint Mary's 2-0. She struck out five of the 21 batters she faced. The Gaels' lone hit came in the fourth inning when outfielder Lauren Mello hit a single up the middle to reach base. Chelsea Loftis then lined into a double play and Lauren Clark grounded out to second base to end the inning.

Chelsea Loftis was tagged with the loss, allowing just one earned run and striking out one in six innings from the circle. She also earned her fourth complete game on the season.

Saint Mary's suffered a 10-1 loss in game two as the Vikings tallied 13 hits on SMC's four. The Gael's lone run came in the second when Loftis scored on Michelle Mathis' single after reaching base on a walk. This brought the score to 3-1 but the Vikings came back with two more runs in the third, two in the fourth and three in the sixth.

Offensively, four Gaels combined for four hits with Michelle Mathis adding a stolen base to her 1-for-2 effort from the plate. Bronwyn Russell (1-for-3), Lauren Mello (1-for-3), and freshman Kayla Aldridge (1-for-1) tacked on the other hits for SMC.

Megan Galloway was tagged with the loss after throwing the first two innings from the circle and giving up four runs on four hits. Lauren Gardner accounted for one run on two hits in the third while freshman, Marlena Green gave up two runs on three hits in two innings from the circle. Chelsea Loftis returned in the sixth where she allowed three runs on four hits.

Saint Mary's returns to action tomorrow when they face Portland State in their second conference doubleheader. The first pitch of game one is slated for Noon from Erv Lind Stadium.