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Softball Hits the Road for PCSC Play

April 19, 2007

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This Week in Softball: The Saint Mary's softball team finished their home schedule this season and is ready to hit the road for three straight PCSC series. This weekend they will fly down to Southern California for a pair of doubleheaders against the San Diego Toreros. The first game of the series begins on Saturday, April 21. First pitch is scheduled for Noon.

Last Time Out: Saint Mary's competed in its final home series of the 2007 season this past weekend. They competed against the defending PCSC champion Portland State Vikings. The Gaels swept Saturday's doubleheader. The Gaels won game one 2-0 on the strengths of pitcher Megan Galloway and strong defense. The Gaels won game two by a score of 2-1. Game two featured a big homerun by senior Lauren Mello. Mello tied the single season homerun record with her seventh blast of the year. The Gaels split the second day. They won their final home game of the season as Kate Albaugh earned her team leading sixth win.

Who's Hot: Junior Megan Galloway is leading the Gael attack from the circle. Galloway leads the conference with an ERA of 0.50. In 14 conference innings she has given up just one earned run. In the circle, she is holding batters to just a .231 batting average. This week she earned her fifth win of the season as she earned the complete game victory. She leads the team with an ERA of 3.37.

Scouting the Toreros: The San Diego Toreros enter this weekend with a 20-18 record and 4-4 in PCSC play. USD has a 13-5 home record. Virginia Fritsch leads the team with a .388 batting average. She is currently fifth in the conference play with a .478 batting average. She has 40 hits, including 12 extra base hits. Jennifer Ellenbeck leads the team in the circle with nine wins and a 2.69 ERA.

USD is coming off of a series win against the Santa Clara Broncos. They swept the Saturday doubleheader before splitting Sunday's competition. In the final game of the series the Broncos took an 8-7 lead in the top of the tenth inning. USD responded by scoring two in the bottom of the tenth to earn the 9-8 walk-off win.

PCSC Player of the Week: Lauren Mello won her second PCSC Player of the week last week. Mello hit .643 (9-for-14) in her opening weekend on PCSC action against Santa Clara. She not only hit for average, but also for power. For the weekend, Mello had three doubles and two home runs for a 1.286 slugging percentage. She also had four runs scored and seven runs batted in. In addition to that, Mello had multi-hit games in all four outings over the weekend, including a three-hit game in the second game on Saturday. This marks the second time this season that she has been given this honor.

A View from the Top: Saint Mary's is the top batting school in the PCSC during conference play. The Gaels are batting .345 with 79 hits and six homeruns. Senior Lauren Mello and junior Sandra Ruezga are currently the top two batters in conference play. Mello leads the conference with a .556 batting average. Ruezga is second on the list with a .500 average. Mello also leads conference play with 15 hits, three homeruns, and 27 total bases. Bronwyn Russell leads conference play with four stolen bases.

Grand Larceny: The Gaels have not been afraid to swipe an extra bag. On the season four Gaels have recorded double digit stolen bags. Megan Galloway leads the team with 11 bags. Molly Bergeson, Lauren Mello and Bronwyn Russell each have 10. The Gaels lead conference play with 10 stolen bases, including four from conference leader Russell. On the season as a whole, four of the top seven base stealers in the conference are Gaels.

On the Road Again: The Gaels are set to compete on the longest road stretch of the season. The Gaels will play in 12 straight road conference games. This 12 game set will close out the 2007 regular season for Saint Mary's.

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 their 12 game road trip with a set of doubleheaders against Loyola Marymount. The week after, the Gaels will close out the regular season with a pair of doubleheaders against Sacramento State.