SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Saint Mary's softball team opened up the SCU Bronco Classic on Friday with a tough 6-5 loss to San Jose State. The Gaels led 5-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh, but the Spartans were able to score three runs in the inning to walk off with the win.
Saint Mary's outhit the Spartans eight to six, but the Gaels were done in by five errors and timely hitting by SJSU in the bottom of the seventh inning. SMC falls to 5-11 with the loss, while the Spartans improve to 11-12 on the season.
Christine Torrise led the Gaels on Friday, going 2-for-2 with four RBI and a walk. Amelia McIntosh also went 2-for-2 with a run scored and a walk.
The Gaels and San Jose State began the game trading off a pair of scoreless innings. Saint Mary's starting pitcher Britany Linton got into a jam in each of the first two innings with two runners on but was able to get out of the inning unscathed.
The Gaels got the scoring started in the top of the third aided by a two-out error from San Jose State third baseman Annica Wolfe. Kayla Gonzales walked to open the inning and moved to second when Amelia McIntosh laid down a bunt for a single. Gonzales was called out at third when Brittany Sabatini reached on a fielder's choice, but the bases were loaded soon after when Michelle Mounts reached on a fielding error by the Spartan's third baseman. Rebecca Sabatini's single to shortstop scored McIntosh from third and Christine Torrise hit a bases clearing double to right center to put Saint Mary's up 4-0.
The Spartans countered in the bottom half of the inning with three runs of their own. After Markesha Collins walked and stole second, Michelle Cox singled up the middle to score Collins. After an error by Mounts in left field put runners on second and third, the Spartans scored two unearned runs before Linton got Alex Stange to groundout to end the inning.
Linton's day ended after four innings when the Gaels brought in Jessica Lemmon in the bottom of the fifth. Linton's line for the day in those four innings was three hits, three runs with only one earned, and three walks.
Saint Mary's added another run in the top of the seventh with Torrise's fourth RBI of the game. Camuso started the inning with a single up the middle and advanced to second when Mounts reached base on another error by the Spartan's third baseman, and both runners advanced to scoring position on a wild pitch. Torrise came up to bat with two outs and flied out to centerfield for the sacrifice which scored Camuso and put the Gaels up 5-3.
San Jose State once again countered in the bottom of the inning and was able to pull out a win in walk off fashion. A pair of walks and singles with Lemmon on the mound tied the game up at five with one out. Kimberly Green entered the game for Lemmon with runners on second and third with one out when centerfielder Vanessa House singled through the left side to drive in the winning run.
Lemmon was tagged with the loss, as she was responsible for the runner on third. Lemmon finished the day with 2.1 innings pitched, giving up two hits, three runs with two earned, and two walks.
The Gaels will return to action on Saturday with two games. Saint Mary's will take on Santa Clara at 9 a.m. and then UC Santa Barbara at 11:15 a.m.