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Softball to Play LMU for Set of Road Doubleheaders

April 24, 2007

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This Week in Softball: The Saint Mary's softball team will continue their longest road trip of their season as they head back to Southern California this weekend to face PCSC rival Loyola Marymount. This weekend's matches will feature the top two teams in the conference. The first game of the series between the Gaels and the Lions is set for Saturday, April 28 from Los Angeles, CA. First pitch is scheduled for Noon.

Last Time Out: The Gaels continued their conference success this past weekend when they took three of four games from the USD Toreros. The Gaels used a big five run inning to propel them above the Toreros in game 1. After dropping the second game the Gaels came back ready to play in the second day of competition. They used another five run inning in the first game of day two to top USD 5-0. In the final game of competition the Gaels tied the ballgame in the bottom of the seventh to bring the game into extra innings. After the Gaels gave up a run in the top of the tenth they found themselves down 4-3. The Gael responded by scoring two in the bottom of the inning to earn their fifth walk off victory of the season.

Who's Hot: Junior Bronwyn Russell has been hot for the Gaels in conference play. She is batting third in the conference with an average of .474 on 18 hits. She is second in conference play with 12 runs scored. She leads the conference with six stolen bases. Russell kept the burners on this weekend. She batted .667 (8-12) with four runs and five RBI. This biggest RBI of the weekend came in the fourth game of the series. Russell came to bat in the tenth inning with the winning run on third base and less than two outs. She struck the game winning sac fly to give the Gaels their fifth walk off victory of the season.

Scouting the Lions: The Loyola Marymount Lions enter the week as the best team in the PCSC. The Lions have a 37-16 overall record and a 10-2 mark in conference play. They currently have a two game lead over the Gaels. Margo Pineda and Christine Foley lead the offense as they are both batting above the .400 mark. Tifany Pagano, this weeks PCSC Pitcher of the Week, has a 16-8 overall record with a team leading 2.16 ERA. In conference play the Lions have been very dominating as they lead the conference in average, runs and hits.

Homerun Race: Senior Lauren Mello and junior Megan Galloway both lead the team with seven homeruns each. These seven homeruns tie the all-time single season record for homeruns. Mello hit hers in the Gaels final home series against Portland State. Galloway struck her seventh this past weekend against San Diego. The two sluggers will have eight more games as they look to push the single season homerun record even further.

Robbing Bases: The Gaels have not been shy in stealing bases this season. Four Gaels are in the double digits. Bronwyn Russell and Megan Galloway have each taken 12 bases on the season. Molly Bergeson has grabbed 11 while Lauren Mello has stolen 10. The Gaels are one base shy of taken the overall conference lead. Galloway and Russel are tied for third in the conference individual stolen bases. In conference play the Gaels lead the pack after having appropriated 14 bags. Russell leads the conference with six stolen bases in PCSC play.

In the Circle: The Gaels have been very effective from the circle this season, most notably in conference play. Megan Galloway leads conference play with a 1.33 ERA. Kate Albaugh follows just behind. Albaugh is fourth in conference play with a 1.88 ERA and first in opposing batting average, keeping batters to just a .150 avg. Galloway and Albaugh are both 3-0 in conference. Their three wins tie them for third in conference play.

On the Road Again: The Gaels are set to continue their longest road stretch of the season. The Gaels finished the first weekend of competition with a 3-1 record. They will compete in eight more games to close out both their 12 game road streak as well as the 2007 regular season.

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 finish up the 2007 regular season next week when they play in their final four road games of the year. The Gaels will travel north to compete against the Sacramento State Hornets.