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Softball to Finish Home Stand this Thursday

March 20, 2007

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This Week in Softball: The Saint Mary's softball team will finish up its extensive home stand this Thursday when they host the Pacific Tigers for a doubleheader. The Gaels will play in their 15th and 16th straight home matches against the Tigers. The Gaels will then hit the road for the fist time this month to play a Saturday doubleheader against Cal Poly.

Last Time Out: The Gaels split a Monday doubleheader against New Mexico State on Monday. The Gaels fell behind 6-1 in the first game before starting a late inning comeback. The Gaels tied up the game in the sixth and hit a game winning single in the ninth inning. In game two the Gaels ran into tough pitching and could not get onto the scoreboard. After splitting Monday's doubleheader the Gaels hold a 14-15 overall record.

Good Golly Miss Molly: Junior leftfielder Molly Bergeson was named the PCSC Payer of the Week after recording a .588 batting average. Bergeson recorded a team leading 10 hits and five runs. This is the first time that the junior transfer has been named player of the week. This marks the second time this season that a Gael has been awarded the honor. Lauren Mello was named POW earlier this season.

Scouting the Tigers: The Pacific Tigers enter the week with a 16-10 overall record. The Tigers have played in several tournaments this season and have a 14-7 record at neutral sites. In away games the Tigers have a 2-3 record. Seniors Gina Carbonatto and Jennifer Cutier lead the offense. They both have plus .400 batting averages as well as more than 20 runs and 20 RBI.

Scouting the Mustangs: The Cal Poly Mustangs enter the week with a 22-7 overall record. The Mustangs, much like the Tigers, have played the majority of their games at neutral sites where their record stands at 20-6. Cal poly is 2-1 at home this season. Senior Lisa Modglin leads the Mustangs with her .527 average. She has 34 runs, 30 RBI and 13 homeruns. All four Mustang pitchers boast sub 3.00 ERAs.

Who's Hot: Megan Galloway led Gael pitching with a 2-0 record last week. She pitched two complete game victories. She kept the opposition off of the scoreboard in 12 of 14 total innings. Galloway not only disrupts the opposition when she is in the circle but when she is at the bat as well. Last week, in games she pitched, Galloway batted .600 while scoring four runs with three hits and three walks. Galloway, while batting .600 in games she pitched, held the opposition to a .186 batting average.

Home Cookin': The Gaels are nearing the end of their longest home stand in program history. Saint Mary's will play in its final two games of its 16 game home stand on Thursday. The Gaels, who have twice before played 13 straight games at home in 1997 and 2004, are currently 8-6 during this stretch.

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: After playing their first road game this month the Gaels will play in their final tournament in Reno, Nevada. The Gaels will face off against Utah and Nevada in two days of competition at the Nevada Invitational.