April 14, 2007
Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's softball team was ready to compete despite the weather. The rain and clouds pushed the games back two hours today; but Saint Mary's found the break in weather as they were able to get their doubleheader in against Portland State. The Gaels won both games of today's doubleheader against the defending PCSC champion PSU Vikings.
Senior slugger Lauren Mello tied the all-time single season homerun record today when she hit her seventh homerun of the season. Mello trotted around the bases for the seventh time this season after smacking a ball over the left field fence.
The first game of today's doubleheader was won by junior righty Megan Galloway. Galloway earned the shutout as she did not allow a single run in seven innings. Galloway lowered her ERA to a team leading 3.33. She is now tied with the team lead as she has 5 wins in the season.
The Gaels defense had a big share in today's victory. The Gaels `D' got the games winning pitcher out of a few jams. With the bases loaded and no outs in the third inning the Gaels defense stepped up. Molly Bergeson took a fly ball and then hosed a runner at home trying to score. The double play gave the Gaels two big outs. After a walk loaded the bases again Galloway got the Viking batter to hit a harmless groundout to end the PSU threat.
Saint Mary's responded to the Viking threat with some offensive action of their own. Lauren Clark scored the first run of the ballgame as she led off the third inning with a single. The Gaels followed with three more singles to plate Clark and take the 1-0 lead.
Clark would have a hand in the second run of the ballgame as she would single in the second run of the ballgame.
Galloway would close the door on the Vikings in game one. The Vikings would start the innings with a triple and a walk. With the tying run getting to second base Galloway would get her third strikeout of the day. She would then force the next two batters to fly out in foul territory to end the game.
Game two was very much a pitchers dual. However, game two saw a very big homerun off the bat of Lauren Mello.
Marlena Green got the start for the Gaels. Green was very effective for the Gaels. She pitched five innings and only gave up one hit and no runs. She would earn the 2-1 as the Gaels scored enough offense behind her pitching effort.
Mello would strike her seventh four-bagger this season. She got a hold a pitch and sent it over the left field fence. This homerun would put Mello in the Gaels record books. She has tied the all-time single season home run record.
Chelsea Loftis earned the two inning save for the Gaels. He seventh inning went relatively easy for Loftis. However, the sixth inning was much more exciting. The Vikings scored their firth run of the day on a bases loaded single to right field. With the score 2-1, Loftis fell behind in the count 3-0. Loftis threw her first strike of the at-bat to make the count 3-1. Loftis then forced a foul ball to fill the count at 3-2. Loftis then blew a pitch by the batter to earn the looking strikeout and end the Viking threat.
The Gaels would go on to win their fourth game of the conference season. They will continue conference play tomorrow when they host a doubleheader against Portland State. The Gaels face off against the Vikings tomorrow at Noon. Tomorrow will be senior day; four seniors will be honored for their accomplishments while in a Gael uniform.