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Softball to Conclude Season This Week

May 3, 2006

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This Week In Gaels Softball: This week the Saint Mary's softball team travels to Santa Clara University to take on the Broncos in their final Pacific Coast Softball Conference series. On Saturday May 6 the Gaels will play the Broncos in a Noon doubleheader. They will return to the diamond on Sunday May 7 to wrap-up the four game series with another PCSC doubleheader. All four games will be played at Marsalli Park in Santa Clara.

Last Time Out:Last week the Saint Mary's softball team hosted Hawaii in a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday April 25. In game one, the Gaels fell 10-3 to the Rainbow Wahine after getting out-hit 18-3. In the nightcap, SMC was ousted 10-1 with Hawaii smashing five home runs. That weekend Saint Mary's hosted Sacramento State in a Pacific Coast Softball Conference series from Cottrell Field. On Saturday April 29 the Gaels were ousted 15-0 in game one when Sacramento State exploded for fourteen hits. In game two, Saint Mary's was edged 3-2 while tallying five hits. On Sunday April 30 they wrapped up the series, dropping game one by the score of 11-1 before falling 4-0 in game two. After the week, SMC moves to 5-45 on the season and 1-15 in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference.

Senior Day:On Saturday April 29 and Sunday April 30 the Saint Mary's softball team honored four seniors who have been a part of the program for four consecutive seasons. Seniors Marcia-Marie Euker, Justine Larsen, Eleni Papailias and Shelly Taketa were the players honored. Euker has played in 197 games whiles starting in 178 of them. Larsen has seen action in 175 games while starting in 171 of them for the Gaels. Papailias has played in and started 206 games over her career at SMC. Taketa has played in 157 games while starting in 105 for the Gaels. All four players have been a staple in the Saint Mary's softball program for the duration of their careers.

Scouting the Broncos:The Santa Clara softball team comes off a 20-34 overall record after dropping a non-conference doubleheader against Oregon on Tuesday May 2. The Broncos currently post a 7-9 PCSC ledger after splitting both doubleheaders with the defending PCSC champion Loyola Marymount last weekend. They also split their series with both San Diego and Sacramento State while dropping three of four games to Portland State.

The Broncos are led by senior Jessica Clee who boasts a .381 (64-for-168) overall batting average. She is also tied for first on the team with 11 doubles while leading the team with three triples and 10 home runs.

Leading the pitching staff is senior Liz Courter who posts a 9-15 record on the season with 17 complete games and 156 innings pitched. She leads SCU with 119 strikeouts on the year and two saves. She posts a 3.14 ERA in 30 appearances from the circle this season.

Who's Hot:Sophomore Bronwyn Russell still managed to lead the SMC softball team this week with a .375 batting average despite suffering an injury in the second game on Saturday which put her out for the last two games of the series against Sacramento State. She also boasted a team-high .500 slugging percentage with a double and two RBI in four games played. She is fifth in the PCSC with a .394 overall batting average in 46 games played and started. Her best performance on the week came on April 25 when she was 1-for-2 against Hawaii with a double and two RBI.

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.