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Softball Falls to No. 23 Fresno State

April 11, 2006

Box Score

Fresno, CA- The Saint Mary's softball team dropped two games to the No. 23 Fresno State Bulldogs Tuesday night from Bulldog Diamond. In game one, the Bulldog's Robin Mackin threw a one-hitter while striking out 10 and holding the Gaels to a final score of 3-1. In game two, the Gaels suffered a 11-2 defeat bringing them to a 4-31 overall record while Fresno State improves to 26-13 on the season.

In game one, freshman hurler Robin Mackin threw a one-hitter while striking out 10 of the 22 batters she faced en route to a 3-1 victory over SMC. Saint Mary's lone run came in the fifth when freshman Lauren Clark hit the first home run of her career over the left field fence.

Chelsea Loftis was tagged with the loss, throwing the first four innings from the circle and allowing two earned runs and walking one. Kate Albaugh came in for two innings of relief, giving up just one hit and striking out one.

In game two, the Gaels were ousted 11-2 after stranding six in just five innings of softball. The Bulldog's Merryann Barr allowed one earned run while striking out two in four innings from the circle. Robin Mackin returned for an inning of relief, allowing no runs on no hits and striking out two.

The Gaels got on the board early, posting a run in the first when Bronwyn Russell reached base on a single, advanced on a base-hit by Loftis and then scored on an error by the Bulldog's catcher. Saint Mary's came back in the second to tack on another run when Shelly Taketa reached base on a fielder's choice and then scored on Sandra Ruezga's base-hit. This was not enough for the Gaels as Fresno State would rally for 10 runs on six hits in the fourth inning to take it with an 11-2 ledger.

Offensively, five Gaels combined for six hits with sophomore Bronwyn Russell leading the way with a 2-for-3 effort from the plate and one run scored. Freshman Lauren Clark went 2-for-3 on the night, with a home run and a stolen base. Marcia-Marie Euker (1-for-2), Chelsea Loftis (1-for-2), and Sandra Ruezga (1-for-2) tacked on the other hits for SMC in game two.

Megan Galloway threw the first three innings from the circle, giving up six runs on three hits and tagging her with the loss. Lauren Gardner accounted for five runs in the fourth inning while Justine Larsen added an inning of relief, allowing just one hit.

Saint Mary's returns to the diamond on Friday April 14 when they resume conference play against San Diego. The Gaels will host the Toreros in a Noon doubleheader from Cottrell Field. On Sunday April 15, the Gaels will wrap-up the four-game series with USD when they host another Noon doubleheader.