April 22, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego softball team (21-21, 5-7 PCSC) dropped two tough losses Sunday afternoon to the Saint Mary's Gaels (23-29, 8-4 PCSC) losing 0-5 in game one and a heart breaker 4-5 in game two which went 10 innings.
In game one, San Diego was held to only three hits. Saint Mary's scored all five of their runs in the fourth inning. The Toreros were unable to mount an offense to respond to the five run lead.
In game two, the Toreros took charge of the game early scoring one run in the first inning, one run in the fourth inning, and one run in the seventh inning. Saint Mary's posted a run in the sixth inning, cutting the lead to 3-1. In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Toreros were unable to hold off the Gaels when they tied up the game 3-3. Both teams went scoreless in the eighth and ninth innings.
USD then broke the ice with Carey Casciola on second base as per the international tie breaker rule. Casciola advanced to third after Kathleen Bonja hit a sacrifice bunt. Virginia Fritsch smashed a double deep to right center field scoring Casciola and retaking the lead 4-3. In the bottom half of the 10th inning, the Gaels pushed across two runs to win the game 5-4.
Offensively for the Toreros, Virginia Fritsch hit a combined 3-for-7 with two doubles and two RBI. Stacy Compton hit 3-for-7, while Nichole Valenzuela hit 3-for-9 with one double, one RBI and one run scored.
Defensively for USD, Jennifer Ellenbeck pitched a complete game striking out nine batters. Ellenbeck falls to 9-5. Christina Haake pitched 4.1 innings striking out four batters. Katie Jo Nelson pitched 5.1 innings and struck out six batters of her own.
San Diego will travel to Sacramento State this up coming weekend to take on the Hornets for four PCSC games. The Toreros will play at noon and 2:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.