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Softball Drops First Conference Home Stand

April 14, 2006

Box Score

Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's softball team dropped both games of a Pacific Coast Softball Conference doubleheader against the San Diego Toreros Friday afternoon from Cottrell Field. The Gaels fell 6-1 in the first game before getting shut-out 8-0 in five innings in game two. After the day, Saint Mary's moves to 4-33 on the season and 0-6 in PCSC play while San Diego improves to 16-16 overall and 4-2 in conference action.

In game one, the Gaels were out-hit 9-5 by the Toreros but still managed to hang on 3-1 until USD rallied for two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to take it with a 6-1 decision. Saint Mary's got on the board in the third when Shelly Taketa walked, advanced to second on an error by San Diego's second baseman and then scored on an error by the third baseman.

Offensively, four Gaels combined for five hits with freshman Lauren Clark leading the way with her 2-for-4 effort from the plate including her fourth double of the season. Marcia-Marie Euker (1-for-4), Sandra Ruezga (1-for-3) and Shelly Taketa (1-for-2) tacked on the other hits for SMC.

Chelsea Loftis threw the first 5 2/3 innings from the circle, allowing five runs on eight hits, striking out one and tagging her with the loss. Kate Albaugh added 1 1/3 innings of relief, giving up one run on one hit.

In game two, Saint Mary's was shut-out 8-0 in five innings while San Diego tallied 11 hits including Alicia Massei's three run homer in the top of the fifth. The Torero's Christina Haake earned the win, throwing four innings giving up just one hit and fanning four.

The Gael's lone hit came in the fourth when Chelsea Loftis hit a single to left field but was stranded when Megan Galloway was caught stealing and Lauren Clark flied out to right field.

Megan Galloway was tagged with the loss for the Gaels, throwing the first four innings from the circle and allowing eight runs on nine hits and striking out two. Freshman Marlena Green came in for an inning of relief, giving up two hits.

Saint Mary's will return to action tomorrow when they wrap-up the four game series against San Diego with another PCSC doubleheader. The first pitch of game one is slated for Noon from Cottrell Field.