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Softball Prepares for Indiana State Tournament

Feb. 27, 2006

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What's On Schedule for the Gaels:Saint Mary's travels to Terre Haute, IN to participate in the Indiana State Invitational this weekend. SMC will face three teams in five games on two separate days. The Gaels will kick off the tournament against host team Indiana State on Saturday, March 4 at 8:30 am. The same day Saint Mary's will face Eastern Illinois at 12:30 pm before closing opening day against Western Illinois at 2:30 pm. The Gaels will open day two of the tournament Sunday, March 5 in another match-up against Western Illinois. The first pitch is slated for 10:30 am. Saint Mary's then concludes their tournament stay with a second match-up against Eastern Illinois at 12:30 pm. All five games will be played at Price Field in Terre Haute, IN.

Who's Hot for the Gaels:Sophomore, Bronwyn Russell finished the week with a stellar .500 batting average, going 3-for-6 in two games against Humboldt State on Saturday. She smashed her first triple of the season in game two when she went 2-for-2. She also posted a team-high .833 slugging percentage over the past weekend's doubleheader. Russell improves her overall average to a team-high .424 (14-for-33) with a double, triple and two RBI on the season thus far.

Last Time Up:The Saint Mary's softball team dropped a non-conference doubleheader to Humboldt State Saturday afternoon from the HSU softball field. The Gaels lost the first game 3-2, tagging Chelsea Loftis with the loss. Offensively, the Gaels were led by Michelle Mathis who went 2-for-3 with an RBI in game one. Four other Gaels combined for the four other hits. Bronwyn Russell and Lauren Mello both batted 1-for-4 respectively while Marcia-Marie Euker and Shelly Taketa were each 1-for-2. In the second game of the doubleheader, SMC was edged to a 2-0 defeat. Saint Mary's was led by sophomore Bronwyn Russell who went 2-for-2 in game two. Euker (1-for-3), Lauren Clark (1-for-2), and Taketa (1-for-3) tacked on the other hits for the Gaels.Megan Galloway took the loss for the Gaels, allowing two runs on five hits in three innings. Lauren Gardner came in for three innings of relief, giving up seven hits. With the pair of losses, the Gaels drop to 1-10 overall.

Scouting the Sycamores:Indiana State comes off of a 1-4 record after participating in the Aztec Invitational this past weekend. The Sycamores lone victory came against Wagner College when they defeated them 16-2 in just five innings. Late Saturday evening, Kentucky bested Indiana State 11-3. Sophomore Darcy Wood allowed 16 hits and 11 runs to the Wildcats. In the tournament finale, the host Aztecs were too much for ISU as the Sycamores were downed, 8-0. The Sycamores were also defeated by Colorado State 8-1 and LMU 7-2.

Scouting the Panthers:Eastern Illinois comes off of a 3-2 record after opening their 2006 campaign at the Mardi Gras Classic. Kathleen Jacoby pitched three complete games on the weekend, finishing with a 5-3 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on the final day of the tournament. Jacoby gave up 11 hits but did not walk a batter while striking out two. She pitched out of innings with runners in scoring position in the second, fourth and seventh. EIU has been picked seventh in the Ohio Valley Conference preseason poll, the same spot in the standings EIU held at the end of the 2005 regular-season. The Panthers will be under the guidance of first-year head coach Kim Schuette this season.

Scouting the Westerwinds:Western Illinois comes off of a 0-4 record after participating in the Bradley Indoor Tourney. The Westerwinds opened their season with a 4-0 defeat host against Bradley University. They also dropped a pair of games to Northern Iowa, 12-3 and 11-3. The Westerwinds suffered a 3-0 defeat to IUPUI to wrap-up their tournament stay. Western Illinois pitcher Kamren Ferguson (0-1) struck out five batters and gave up only one walk in seven full innings, but it wasn't enough for a Westerwinds win.

Second Year Head Coach Jessica Hanaseth: Jessica Hanaseth enters her second season as the head coach for the Saint Mary's softball team. Hanaseth took over the position last year after being a part of the program as a coach and player for the past eight seasons. She served as an assistant coach for the Gaels for three years with her duties varying in all aspects of the game. Hanaseth worked with infielders, outfielders and hitters in her three years as an assistant and was in charge of 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.

Coming Up Next for the Gaels:Saint Mary's will return to the diamond to play a doubleheader against California on Wednesday March 8. The first pitch is slated for 1 pm from Cottrell Field.