MORAGA, Calif. - The Saint Mary's softball team had their chances on Friday against San Diego, but fell to the Toreros in both games of a Pacific Coast Softball Conference doubleheader. Twice the Gaels hit home runs to give them the lead, but in each game San Diego stormed back the following inning. In game one the Toreros scored three seventh inning runs to win 5-3, and then won an 11-inning battle in game two, 6-4.
Amelia McIntosh, Brittany Sabatini and Michelle Mounts had three hits on the afternoon for Saint Mary's, while B. Sabatini and Mounts each had three RBI.
Overall, the Gaels were just 14-for-64 (.219) on Friday, while two San Diego pitchers combined to strikeout 27 SMC batters. The Toreros went 20-for-74 (.270) against the Gaels and struck out just 12 times.
Taylor Hensley, Jessica Tieszen, and Lauren Tomey each had four hits and two RBI for San Diego against the Gaels in the doubleheader.
San Diego got on the board first in the top of the fourth inning. Tomey and Hensley singled to open the inning and Tomey came around to score on a two-out RBI single to left field by Caitlin Rooney.
Torero starting pitcher Jenny Lahitte had a no-hitter going into the fourth but B. Sabatini ended that with a single up the middle to lead off the inning. B. Sabatini moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt by Michelle Mounts but was stranded as Rebecca Sabatini fouled out to end the inning.
The Toreros had consecutive doubles by Hensley and Tieszen to add another run in the top of the sixth to go up 2-0.
B. Sabatini put the Gaels up 3-2 with a swing of the bat in the bottom of the sixth. After Megan Smith and Amelia McIntosh singled to open the inning, B. Sabatini crushed the ball over the left field fence for her fifth home run of the season.
Saint Mary's appeared to be on their way to a win but San Diego had a two-out rally to stun the Gaels. After Morgan Kurtz singled and moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt by Dana Prelsnik, Tomey singled to left field to score Kurtz and tie the game at three. Hensley then came up to bat and hit her sixth home run of the season over the left field fence to give San Diego a 5-3 lead.
Lahitte (8-6) finished off the game in the bottom of the seventh with her 12th and 13th strikeouts of the game. In 7.0 innings pitched, she scattered four hits and allowed three runs to go along with no walks and 13 strikeouts.
Saint Mary's starting pitcher Jessica Lemmon fell to 8-7 this season with the loss. She pitched 6.2 innings, allowing 10 hits and five earned runs while walking two and striking out six. Kimberly Green came in to pitch the final out of the top of the seventh and got Rooney to ground out to shortstop.
For Saint Mary's, B. Sabatini went 2-for-3 with the three RBI in game one, while Smith and McIntosh accounted for the Gaels' only other two hits.
The Toreros were led by Hensley in game one, who went 3-for-3, while Tomey and Tieszen each had two hits.
San Diego jumped out to a 1-0 lead again in game two. After Tieszen and Rooney singled to open the inning, Kylie Ordos hit a single to center just out of the reach of B. Sabatini to score Tieszen.
Saint Mary's once again countered with a home run to take the lead. After McIntosh reached on an error to open the fifth inning, Michelle Mounts hit a two-out two-run home run over the left field fence to give the Gaels a 2-1 lead.
As with game one, the Toreros rallied in the following inning to take a lead. After Hensley singled to open the sixth inning, Tieszen doubled to center field to tie the game up 2-2. Another single up the middle by Katie Emerson gave San Diego a 3-2 lead.
After two quick strikeouts to open the bottom of the seventh, the Gaels were down to their last out of the game. B. Sabatini singled through the left side and then Alexis Konstantinopoulos pinch-hit for Mandy Camuso and drew a four-pitch walk to put runners on first and second. Mounts then came up and hit a single up the middle to score the speedy Sabatini from second and tie things up 3-3.
Each team had their chances in the first two extra innings. San Diego stranded a runner in the eighth and two in the ninth, while the Gaels stranded two in the eighth as well. In the bottom of the ninth, Saint Mary's had two singles and a walk to load the bases with one out, but Torero starter Cassidy Coleman got a strikeout and a ground out to end the threat.
Per conference rules, the international tiebreaker went into effect in the top of the 10th inning, placing a runner on second base to begin each of the remaining innings.
Each team scored a run in the 10th inning to put the game tied at 4-4, while the Gaels stranded another runner on first to end the tenth.
In the top of the 11th, the Toreros scored their first run with no outs after a Gael error and added one more on a two-out RBI single to center field by Tomey to go up 6-4.
Saint Mary's had runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the 11, but R. Sabatini lined out to third and Camuso was thrown out off the bag at second to end the game.
Ordos, Tomey and Tieszen had two hits for San Diego, while Mounts led Saint Mary's in game two going 3-for-6.
Coleman pitched all 11 innings for the Toreros, scattering 10 hits and allowing four runs with just one earned, while walking four and striking out 14.
SMC game two starter Britany Linton pitched 5.1 innings, allowing eight hits and three runs while walking one and striking out five. Kimberly Green (0-1) was tagged with the loss, pitching a season-high 5.0 innings and allowing two hits, three runs (one earned), with one walk and one strikeout. Lemmon replaced Green and earned the final two outs in the top of the 11th.
The Gaels will return to action on Saturday with another doubleheader against the Toreros at Cottrell Field. The first game will begin at 12 p.m., with game two of the day beginning approximately 20 minutes after the first game ends.