April 29, 2006
Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's softball team dropped both games of their Pacific Coast Softball Conference doubleheader against the Sacramento State Hornets Saturday afternoon from Cottrell Field. The Gaels were ousted 15-0 in game one when Sacramento State exploded for fourteen hits in game one. In game two, Saint Mary's was edged 3-2 while tallying five hits. After the day, Saint Mary's moves to 5-43 and 1-13 in PCSC games.
Sacramento's State's Cassie Cervantes threw a no-hit shut-out to defeat the Gaels 15-0 in game one. She walked just three batters and fanned 10 in five innings from the circle.
Offensively, Sacramento State got on the board in the first when they posted four runs on two hits with the Gaels committing three errors. The Hornets were not satisfied as they exploded for ten runs in the second inning and added one more in the fourth as they downed the Gaels.
Sophomore Chelsea Loftis started from the circle for the Gaels, giving up eight earned runs, walking three and striking out one to earn the loss. Kate Albaugh came in for 3 1/3 innings of relief, allowing three earned runs and striking out two.
In game two, the Hornet's Nikki Cinque led off the second inning by smashing a solo home run over the center field fence to get Sacramento on the board. They tallied one more run in the fifth and another in the sixth to bring the score to 3-0.
However, the Gaels came alive in the bottom of the seventh, scoring two runs to fall just short of the Hornets with a 3-2 final. Senior Justine Larsen drew a walk and then advanced on an error by the third baseman which put catcher Eleni Papailias on base. Sandra Ruezga singled up the middle to drive home Larsen and advance pinch runner Michelle Mathis into scoring position. Freshman Lauren Clark singled through the left side to advance Mathis to third. With the bases loaded, Lauren Mello drew a walk to bring in a runner and bring the Gaels within one run of the Hornets. The rally was short-lived as Chelsea Loftis popped up to end the inning and the Gaels dropped game two 3-2.
Offensively, five different Gaels combined for five hits in game two against the Hornets. Bronwyn Russell and Justine Larsen were 1-for-2 while freshmen Lauren Clark was 1-for-1. Sandra Ruezga and senior Marcia-Marie Euker were both 1-for-3.
Sophomore Megan Galloway was tagged with the loss for the Gaels, allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out three in seven innings from the circle.
Saint Mary's returns to the diamond Sunday April 29 when they wrap-up the four-game series with Sacramento State. The Pacific Coast Softball Conference doubleheader is scheduled for Noon from Cottrell Field.