April 9, 2006
Portland, OR- The Saint Mary's softball team dropped both games against Portland State Sunday afternoon from Erv Lind Stadium. The Gaels suffered a 4-0 shut-out in game one before falling 9-2 in the second game. With the pair of losses Saint Mary's drops to 4-29 on the season and 0-4 in conference. Portland State moves to 23-11 overall and 4-0 in PCSC.
In game one, Portland State's Michelle Hext threw her second one-hit shut-out in two days en route to a 4-0 victory for the Vikings. She fanned eight of the 23 batters she faced and walked none. Saint Mary's lone hit came in the first inning when senior, Marcia-Marie Euker singled to first base but was then stranded when Lauren Mello struck out and Chelsea Loftis grounded out to third base. Hext would retire 20 of the next 21 batters she faced with Kayla Aldridge breaking the string in the fifth when she reached on an error by the third baseman.
Chelsea Loftis was tagged with the loss for the Gaels, throwing seven innings and allowing four runs on ten hits and striking out one.
In game two, SMC was held to two runs on four hits as Portland State's Mandy Hill threw a complete game, striking out five and walking none. Hill would also go 2-for-4 with two homes runs and four RBI in the nightcap.
In the top of the first, Bronwyn Russell singled up the middle to reach base and then scored on Lauren Mello's sacrifice fly. Saint Mary's tallied one more run in the fifth when Sandra Ruezga doubled down the right field line and scored on Bronwyn Russell's third hit of the game. This was not enough for the Gaels as the Vikings would take it by the score of 9-2.
Offensively, sophomore Bronwyn Russell would lead the way, adding a stolen base to her perfect 3-for-3 effort from the plate, including a double, RBI and a run scored. Sandra Ruezga (1-for-2) added a double and a run-scored while Lauren Mello tacked on an RBI.
Freshman hurler, Marlena Green was tagged with the loss, throwing the first 1 2/3 innings from the circle and giving up six earned runs and walking two. Justine Larsen came in for 1 1/3 inning of relief, allowing three runs on four hits. Lauren Gardner threw the last four innings for the Gaels, giving up four hits and no runs.
Saint Mary's returns to the diamond on Tuesday April 11 when they travel to Fresno State for a non-conference doubleheader. The first game is slated for 6:00 pm from Bulldog Stadium.