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Softball Falls In Conference Doubleheader

April 15, 2006

Box Score

Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's softball team suffered a doubleheader loss to San Diego after two hours of rain delay Saturday afternoon from Cottrell Field. The Gaels dropped game one by the score of 7-3 before falling 5-1 in game two. After the day, Saint Mary's drops to 4-35 on the season and 0-8 in conference while USD improves to 18-16 overall and 6-2 in PCSC.

In game one, Saint Mary's got on the board early, scoring one run in the top of the first when Bronwyn Russell doubled down the left field line, advanced on a wild pitch and then scored on Euker's sacrifice fly to left field. San Diego came back to rally for six runs on three hits in the bottom of the first to take the lead. The Gaels would add one more in the fourth and another in the sixth with both runs scored by freshman Kayla Aldridge but this was not enough as San Diego would take it by the score of 7-3.

Offensively, five Gaels would combine for seven hits in game two. Freshman Kayla Aldridge posted a career-high 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. Second baseman Bronwyn Russell also posted a team-leading 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored. Lauren Clark (1-for-3), Sandra Ruezga (1-for-1) and Eleni Papailias (1-for-3) tacked on the other hits for the Gaels.

Starting pitcher Lauren Gardner was tagged with the loss, giving up six runs on three hits including a three-run home run by Danielle Treiber in the first. Kate Albaugh added five innings of relief, allowing one run one five hits and fanning three.

In game two, the Gaels started strong, holding the Toreros to just one run until the bottom of the fourth when they exploded for four runs on two hits to defeat SMC 5-1. Saint Mary's lone run came in the sixth when senior Shelly Taketa hit her fourth bomb of the season over the right field fence of Cottrell Field.

The Gaels tallied six hits in game two with Taketa going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run-scored and Bronwyn Russell going 2-for-4. Marcia-Marie Euker (1-for-4) and Eleni Papailias (1-for-3) added the other hits for SMC.

Marlena Green threw the first 3 1/3 innings from the circle, allowing five runs on three hits and tagging her with the loss. Megan Galloway added 2 2/3 innings of relief, allowing just three hits and striking out two.

Saint Mary's will return to action Wednesday April 19 when they travel to Stanford for a non-conference nightcap. The first pitch is slated for 7:00 pm from Boyd and Jill Smith Stadium.