April 18, 2006
This Week In Gaels Softball: This week the Saint Mary's softball team will travel to Stanford on Wednesday April 19 to play the Cardinal in a single non-conference game. The game is slated for 7:00 pm from Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium. That weekend the Gaels will resume conference play when they host Loyola Marymount for a pair of doubleheaders on Saturday April 22 and Sunday April 23. Both doubleheaders against the Lions are slated for Noon from Cottrell Field.
Last Time Out:Last Tuesday the Saint Mary's softball team traveled to Fresno State to face the No. 23 ranked Bulldogs in a doubleheader under the lights. In game one, the Bulldog's Robin Mackin threw a one-hitter while striking out 10 and holding the Gaels to a final score of 3-1. In the nightcap, the Gaels suffered a 11-2 defeat bringing them to a 4-31 overall record while Fresno State improves to 26-13 on the season. On Saturday SMC hosted the San Diego Toreros in a PCSC doubleheader where the Gaels fell 6-1 in the first game before dropping game two 8-0. On Sunday the Saint Mary's softball team suffered a doubleheader loss to San Diego after two hours of rain delay at Cottrell Field. The Gaels dropped game one by the score of 7-3 before falling 5-1 in game two. After the week, Saint Mary's drops to 4-35 on the season and 0-8 in conference.
Scouting the Cardinal:The No. 6 ranked Stanford softball team comes off a 31-8 overall record and a 5-4 Pacific-10 ledger after downing the No. 5 California Golden Bears in a three-game series last weekend. In game one on Friday, the Cardinal were shut-out 8-0 by California before coming back to win the next two games 2-1 and 4-2 on Saturday April 15.
Stanford is currently led by senior Catalina Morris who is the only Cardinal batting over .400 in 39 games played. She is second on the team with six home runs and 28 RBI while tallying a team-leading 81 total bases. Stanford also boasts six additional players batting .300 and above with freshman Maddy Coon leading the team with 10 doubles, nine home runs and 32 runs scored.
Freshman right-hander Missy Penna leads the pitching staff with an 18-3 record on the season and a 1.66 ERA in 20 appearances from the circle. She posts a team-high 131 strikeouts and eight complete games.
Scouting the Lions:Loyola Marymount comes off a 22-16 overall record and a 2-3 PCSC ledger after postponing their last three games against Portland State until the PCSC make-up weekend in May. The defending PCSC champions split 2-2 against Sacramento State on opening weekend before dropping game one 7-5 to Portland State.
Offensively, the Lions have three players batting over .300 with freshman Hillaree Bennett leading the way with a .394 average in 38 games played. She is also first on the team with ten home runs and 33 RBI on the season.
Sophomore right-hander, Tiffany Pagano currently leads LMU's pitching staff, posting a 1.60 ERA in 131 innings thrown. She posts a team-leading 160 strike outs and 15 complete games from the circle.
Freshman Sensation:Freshman short-stop Lauren Clark dominated the week, leading the team with a .357 average including a double and a home run. The Modesto native started all six of last weeks games at the short-stop position where she is currently fielding .921 with 58 put-outs on the season. She posted a base-hit in four-of-six games last week with her best day coming against San Diego on Friday April 14 when she went 2-for-3 with a double. Against No. 23 Fresno State Clark posted a combined 2-for-3 while hitting her first career home-run in game one against the Bulldogs. She is currently sixth on the team with a .223 season average with four doubles a home run and five RBI.
Freshman designated player Kayla Aldridge also had an impressive week, posting five starts in six games while batting 2-for-3 with a double in game one against the Toreros on Friday afternoon. Aldridge is currently second on the team with a .200 batting average in PCSC play with a double and a run scored.
Russell Still On Top:After ten weeks, sophomore Bronwyn Russell remains on top with a team-high .389 batting average on the season. She is the only Gael to still boast an average over .300 overall and in Pacific Coast Softball Conference games. In conference she currently posts a .348 average with two doubles and an RBI in eight games played. The second-baseman is second on the team with seven doubles with one coming on Saturday against San Diego when she was 2-for-2 with a run-scored against the Toreros. She hit a combined .364 (4-for-11) against San Diego on the weekend with a run-scored and a stolen base. On Tuesday, she was 2-for-3 with a run-scored in game two against No. 23 Fresno State.
Taketa Tacks on Another:Senior outfielder Shelly Taketa tacked on another home run in game two against San Diego on Saturday to bring her tally to four on the season. Saturday's home run was her first in PCSC action for herself and her team.
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.
Next Time Up:On Tuesday April 25 the Saint Mary's softball team hosts Hawaii in a non-conference doubleheader. The first pitch of game one is slated for 2:00 pm from Cottrell Field. On Friday April 29 the Gaels host Sacramento State in a Pacific Coast Softball Conference doubleheader scheduled for Noon from Cottrell Field. On Sunday April 30 SMC wraps-up the four game series with the Hornets with another Noon doubleheader.