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Softball Heads to Hawaii

Feb. 26, 2007

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This Week in Softball: The Saint Mary's softball team will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii for a weekend of competition at the Malihini Kipa Softball Tournament. The Gaels will begin the weekend with competitions against No. 18 Georgia and Kent State on Thursday and No. 25 Oregon and Hawaii on Friday. These games will decide a seeding for Saturday's games. A championship game will be held on Sunday to crown a victor.

Scouting the Bulldogs: The Bulldogs will enter this weekend's tournament as the favored team in a tough field. Georgia is currently ranked No. 18 in the country. The Bulldogs currently have an 11-6 overall record. Their offense is led by senior catcher Charvi Greer. Greer is batting an astounding .600 recording 21 hits in 35 at-bats. Senior outfielder Kellie Middleton leads the team with 16 runs and 12 RBI.

Scouting the Golden Flashes: Kent State enters this weekend's tournament with a 5-2 overall record. They began the season with a five game winning streak before dropping two games this past weekend. Kent State will rely on two good pitchers. Senior Britney Robinson is 3-1 and has a slew of strikeouts. Freshman hurler Kylie Reynolds just recently set the strikeout record for the school when she struck out 17 batters in seven innings.

Scouting the Ducks: Oregon will enter the tourney as the second ranked team. The Ducks currently boast a national ranking of No. 25. Oregon has a 15-1 overall record. The Ducks have just set the school record with their 15 game winning streak. Oregon most recently went 5-0 at the Aztec Invitational in San Diego, CA.

Scouting the Rainbow Warriors: Hawaii enters this week with a 14-2 overall record. They will be the host of the Mahalini Kipa Softball Tournament. In their most recent game Hawaii scored 14 runs off 13 hits against PCSC Loyola Marymount. Hawaii hit six home runs in that game and scored nine runs in the second inning.

Week in Review: The Gaels competed in five matches this week and finished with a 3-2 record. They dropped their first match against No. 10 Cal. They then dropped their first game of the UC Davis Invite to Kentucky. The Gaels responded by winning their next three games of the invite, two against UC Riverside and one against invitational host UC Davis. The Gaels topped the UC Riverside Highlanders in a close match on Saturday, winning 3-2. They then began their match with UC Davis but the game had to be stopped and pick up on Sunday due to darkness. The Gaels took care of business on Sunday, winning the UC Davis game by a score of 7-6 and then beating the Highlanders by a score of 14-4. The Gaels dropped 24 runs in their three game winning streak. This marks the first three game winning streak for the Gaels since the 2003 season.

Who's Hot: Sophomore slugger Sadie Dolcini proved the pop for the Gaels en route to their 14-4 win over UC Riverside. The catcher went 4-4 on the day and blasted her first two homeruns of the season. She scored two runs and added four RBI in the affair. On the weekend she batted .667 while slugging 1.333. She tallied six hits, five RBI and two runs.

Helping Their Own Cause: Pitchers are not normally known for what they do when they step into the batters box; however, this is not the case for Saint Mary's. The pumped up Gael offense has been bolstered by the production of its pitchers. Gael hurler Chelsea Loftis not noly gets it done on the mound but also leads the team with a .467 average. She has recorded seven hits in 15 at-bats. Loftis has been bringing it in the clutch as well. In Sunday's conclusion of game one she led off the inning with a double. Once on second base the Gaels put in a pinch runner for Loftis. This pinch runner scored the games winning run. Megan Galloway provides pop when she enters the box. She boasts a .348 average and .696 slugging percentage. She hit a four-bagger in her first at-bat of the season. She also leads the team in doubles with three. Molly Bergeson earned her first win as a Gael coming in from the pen in Sunday's game. The outfielder/pitcher is hitting .400.

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 but this time as the host. The Gaels have extended invitations to Idaho State, Stony Brook and Utah Valley State to compete in the Saint Mary's Invite. The competition will begin Friday, March 9 and extend through the weekend from Cottrell Field.