April 25, 2006
Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's softball team dropped two games to the University of Hawaii Tuesday afternoon from Cottrell Field. In game one, the Gaels fell 10-3 to the Rainbow Wahine after getting out-hit 18-3. In the nightcap, SMC was ousted 10-1 with Hawaii smashing five home runs. With the sweep, Saint Mary's moves to 5-41 on the season while Hawaii improves to 25-17 overall.
In game one, the Gaels got on the board first, posting three runs in the bottom half of the second inning. Designated player Megan Galloway reached base on an error by Hawaii's short-stop, advanced on Justine Larsen's sacrifice bunt and Sandra Ruezga's base-hit before scoring on Shelly Taketa's fielder's choice. Both Ruezga and Taketa advanced on a wild pitch before sophomore Bronwyn Russell smashed a two-run double to bring them in.
Hawaii answered with four runs on five hits in the top of the fourth to lead the Gaels by one. Second baseman Richie Anne Titcomb led off the inning with a double down the right field line. Valana Manuma followed with a single but advanced to second on the throw while Titcomb advanced to third. With two runners in scoring position, Clare Warwick hit a single to score Titcomb and advance Manuma. Sophomore Brandi Peiler then smashed her first of two home runs on the day to tack on the last three runs of the inning.
Hawaii tacked on one more run in the fourth, and rallied for five in the fifth when Manuma smashed a three-run home run.
Sophomore Bronwyn Russell led the Gaels with her 1-for-2 effort from the plate with two RBI and a run-scored in game one. Sandra Ruezga went 1-for-3 with a run scored while Shelly Taketa finished the game going 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Chelsea Loftis started for the Gaels, throwing the first four innings and getting tagged with the loss. She fanned one and walked one while allowing five earned runs. Megan Galloway came in for relief, throwing three innings from the circle, striking out one and walking two. She accounted for five runs on eight hits.
In game two, Saint Mary's was held scoreless until the bottom half of the fourth inning when Marcia-Marie Euker singled to right field, advanced on an error on Hawaii's left fielder before scoring on Lauren Mello's base-hit. The run brought the Gaels within six of the Wahine who had exploded for six runs in the third and one in the fourth.
Hawaii tacked on another run in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth to take the victory with a 10-1 decision. The Rainbow Wahine tallied five home runs in game two, with Tanisha Milca and Kate Robinson smashing two home runs a piece and Brandi Peiler adding her second of the game.
Offensively, six Gaels combined for seven hits with senior Marcia-Marie Euker leading the way with her 2-for-3 effort from the plate. Russell (1-for-3), Mello (1-for-3) and Galloway (1-for-3) accounted for the other hits for Saint Mary's.
South paw Lauren Gardner started from the circle for the Gaels, allowing four earned runs in 2 2/3 innings for the Gaels. Kate Albaugh threw 2 2/3 innings of relief, striking out one and walking two while giving up five earned runs. Freshman Marlena Green threw the last 2/3 innings, giving up no runs on no hits.
Saint Mary's will return to the diamond on Saturday when they host the Sacramento State hornets in a Pacific Coast Softball Conference doubleheader. The first pitch of game one is scheduled for Noon from Cottrell Field.