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Softball Embarks on Busy Week

Feb. 19, 2007

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This Week in Softball: The Saint Mary's softball team will compete in a slew of matches this week. On Tuesday, the Gaels will make the trip to Berkeley to play No. 10 California. They will then spend the weekend competing at the UC Davis Invitational. This invite will put the Gaels against the likes of Kentucky, UC Riverside, UC Davis as well as fellow PCSC team Sacramento State.

Scouting the Bears: California will enter Tuesday's game with a 4-6 overall record. The Bears have won one at home and two on the road while posting a 3-4 record in neutral tournaments. They are coming off of two big offensive wins after losing three games in a row. This was their first three game losing streak since 2004. The offense is lead by junior Katie Vickers and her .385 average. Vickers leads the team with 10 hits and nine RBI. Freshman hurler Britany LaRosa is leading the Bears with her 3-1 record. She is posting a 1.88 ERA in 22.1 innings.

Scouting the Wildcats: Kentucky enters the week with a 3-2 overall record. The Wildcats enter the week with four batters batting over .400. The leader of this pack is senior Brook Marnitz. Marnitz is batting .643 with nine hits in 14 at-bats. The slugger has recorded two doubles, a triple and two home runs. She also leads the team with 7 runs, 9 RBI and 19 total bases. She was named to the All-Tournament team for her efforts in the Getterman Classic.

Scouting the Highlanders: The Gaels will play in two matches against UC Riverside. The Highlanders enter the week with a 5-4 overall record. They are led by freshman Marrisa Alvidrez and junior Danico Iolama. Alvidrez has a .500 average with 10 hits in 20 at-bats as well as eight RBI. Iolama has a .480 average recording 12 hits in 25 at-bats. She leads the team with eight runs, 12 RBI and three homeruns.

Scouting the Aggies: The Gaels will play against the Aggies for the first time this season at the invite. The Gaels were scheduled to open the season against the Aggies but the game was rescheduled due to rain. The Aggies enter the week with a 3-2 overall record. Senior Lauren Tognetti threw a no-hitter in the Aggies first win of the season.

Scouting the Hornets: The Gaels will also get a chance to face off against PCSC rival Sacramento State. The Hornets enter the week with a 3-7 overall record. They are led by Jamie Schloredt. She boasts a .517 average, recording 15 hits in 29 at-bats. She leads the team with six runs, seven RBI, three home runs and 28 total bases.

Week in Review: The Gaels competed in two doubleheaders this week, winning the first and dropping the second. The Gaels won their first opening day match since 2002 and head coach Jessica Hanaseth earned her first career opening day victory. They flexed their offensive muscles in the first two games, recording 11 runs, three homers, and a triple. In their first inning of the year the Gaels hit for the cycle as a team. After starting the season 2-0 the Gaels dropped their second doubleheader. Both games were tough matches and the Gaels couldn't provide the offense needed to pull out victories.

Senior Slugger: Senior Lauren Mello has been swinging the big bat. On the season she is batting .385 and slugging 1.000. In her first game of the season Mello recorded a triple in the first inning and led off the third inning with a home run. The third inning of game two started just as game one did; Mello led off the inning with a four-bagger. She currently leads the team with five hits, four runs scored, four RBI and 13 total bases.

Newcomer Report: The Gael newcomer Molly Bergeson wasted no time in getting her name out. The junior transfer has recorded a hit in all four games for the Gaels. She is batting .417 and leads the team with five hits. She has also added two stolen bases to her ledger. She is second on the team with six total bases. The speedy outfielder has also snared a few tough balls in left field in the first four games for the Gaels.

Third Year Head Coach Jessica Hanaseth: Jessica Hanaseth enters her third season as the head coach for the Saint Mary's softball team. Hanaseth took over the position two years ago after being a part of the program as a coach and player for eight seasons. As head coach of the Gaels she will work with all aspects of the game. Hanaseth works with infielders, outfielders and hitters as well as recruiting and community service. Hanaseth, a 2001 graduate of SMC with a degree in Health Physical Education and Recreation with a teaching emphasis, finished her playing career second in RBI (84), third in doubles (19), and eighth with a .284 career batting average.

Up Next for the Gaels: Saint Mary's will continue tournament season when they compete in the Malihini Kipa Softball Tournament in Honolulu, HI. This will be no tropical vacation for the Gaels. They will be facing such teams as Georgia, Kent State, Oregon and Hawaii.