May 7, 2006
Santa Clara, CA- Senior Shelly Taketa finished her Saint Mary's softball career in impressive fashion Sunday afternoon, smashing her fifth homer of the season to tie her for third in the SMC record books for single season home runs. The Saint Mary's softball team dropped it final Pacific Coast Softball Conference doubleheader to Santa Clara Sunday afternoon from Marsalli Park. The Gaels were ousted 10-2 by the Broncos in game one before dropping game two by a 6-0 decision. The Saint Mary's softball team concluded their season with a 5-49 overall record and a 1-19 PCSC ledger.
In game one, the Broncos led off the top of the first inning with an explosion of six runs on four hits with the Gaels committing one error.
Taketa opened the scoring for the Gaels in game one with a two-run home run in the bottom half of the fourth inning that cleared the right-centerfield wall. Her blast drove in freshman Sadie Dolcini who reached base on a lead-off double to center field. Taketa's fifth home run of the season brought the score to 6-2 but this was all the Gaels could get as SCU tacked on one more run in the fifth and three more in the seventh to end game one with a 10-2 decision.
Offensively, the Gaels were led by senior Shelly Taketa who went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Freshman Kayla Aldridge (1-for-1), Sadie Dolcini (1-for-3), and senior Eleni Papailias (1-for-3) tacked on the other hits for SMC.
Marlena Green was tagged with the loss after starting from the circle for the Gaels. The freshman hurler allowed six runs on four hits while walking two. Kate Albaugh came in for six 2/3 innings of relief where she fanned a season-high seven batters. Albaugh scattered seven hits and allowed four runs.
In game two, the Gaels fell 6-0 to the Broncos after posting six hits but also tallying two errors. Santa Clara got on board in the top half of the second when they tallied two runs on two hits. SCU tacked on another pair of runs in the third and two more in the seventh.
Offensively, four different Gaels tallied SMC's four hits. Senior Marcia-Marie Euker and freshman Lauren Clark were both 1-for-3 in game two while Sadie Dolcini finished 1-for-1 and senior Shelly Taketa was 1-for-2.
Sophomore hurler Chelsea Loftis was charged with the loss. Loftis threw the first three innings for the Gaels, allowing four runs on three hits and striking out two. Megan Galloway added three innings of relief, allowing just one hit while walking one and fanning two. Junior Lauren Gardner finished the game, throwing one inning of relief, giving up two runs on three hits and striking out one.