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Softball Suffers Doubleheader Loss To LMU

April 23, 2006

Box Score

Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's softball team suffered a doubleheader loss to the Loyola Marymount Lions Sunday afternoon from Cottrell Field. The Gaels fell 7-3 to the Lions in game one before LMU's Samantha Lavino threw a no-hitter to oust the Gaels 8-0. After the weekend, the Gaels move to 5-39 on the season and 1-11 in PCSC games.

In game one, Loyola Marymount got on the board first, posting two runs in the first three innings. First baseman Brittany Bassett hit a home run down the left field line to lead off the second inning. In the bottom half of the third freshman Hillaree Bennett smashed a lead-off double and then scored on Tracy Cook's double to left field.

Saint Mary's answered with three runs in the top half of the fourth to take the lead at 3-2. Justine Larsen drew a walk to reach base, advanced on Ruezga's sacrifice bunt and reached third on Eleni Papailias' base-hit. Michelle Mathis also drew a walk before senior Marcia-Marie Euker smashed a three run double to get the Gaels back in the game. The lead was short-lived however as the Lions rallied for three runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to defeat the Gaels 7-3.

Offensively, seven different Gaels combined for eight hits in game one with sophomore Bronwyn Russell leading the way with a 2-for-4 effort from the plate. Senior Justine Larsen was 1-for-1 with a run scored while Eleni Papailias was 1-for-3 with a run scored. Marcia-Marie Euker (1-for-2), Lauren Mello (1-for-3), Lauren Clark (1-for-3) and Sandra Ruezga (1-for-3) posted the other hits for the Gaels.

Marlena Green threw the first five innings from the circle, allowing five runs on nine hits and tagging her with the loss. Sophomore Megan Galloway added an inning of relief, giving up two runs on two hits and striking out two.

The Gaels were shut-out in game two when LMU's Samantha Lavino threw a no-hitter with three walks and two strike outs. The Lions tallied eight runs on eleven hits to defeat the Gaels 8-0.

Chelsea Loftis threw the first 4 2/3 innings for the Gaels, allowing eight runs on 11 hits and walking three. Kate Albaugh came in for relief in the fifth inning where she faced one batter.

Saint Mary's returns to action Tuesday April 25 when they host the University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine in a non-conference doubleheader. The first game is scheduled for 2 pm from Cottrell Field.