MORAGA, Calif. - The Saint Mary's softball team hits the road this weekend for an important four-game Pacific Coast Softball Conference series at CSU Bakersfield. With the standings tight at the top of the Coastal Division, each of the remaining three PCSC series will be crucial for the Gaels.
SMC and CSUB will play doubleheaders on Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15 at Roadrunner Softball Complex. Live stats will available for all four games and can be found on the softball schedule page.
San Diego is currently in first place in the PCSC Coastal Division with a 6-2 record, but the Toreros must still play series against Santa Clara, Loyola Marymount and Sacramento State. The Gaels are currently in second in the division with a 4-3 record after holding the tiebreaker over Sacramento State (4-3) and having one less loss than LMU (4-4).
Saint Mary's enters the weekend with a 15-20 overall record this season. The Gaels swept a tripleheader against Sacramento State to open conference play but then dropped three-of-four to San Diego this past weekend. Most recently, SMC hosted a midweek contest against No. 1 California on Wednesday, falling to the Bears, 9-0. Rebecca Sabatini led the Gaels on Wednesday against the Bears, going 3-for-3 with three singles against the two Cal aces.
Kayla Gonzales has led Saint Mary's in conference play so far this season, going 10-for-24 for a .417 average with three doubles, a home run and eight RBI. Amelia McIntosh has hit .364 (8-for-22) in PCSC action, while R. Sabatini has gone 8-for-25 for a .320 average.
As a team, Saint Mary's is hitting .282 for the season and in PCSC play as well. Michelle Mounts continues to lead the Gaels at the plate with a .389 average (42-for-108). Mounts also leads the team with 14 multiple hit games, 42 hits, 11 doubles, a .620 slugging percentage and a .468 on base percentage. Mounts is tied with Brittany Sabatini with 24 RBI, while B. Sabatini leads the team with five home runs this season.
The SMC pitching staff has a 3.89 ERA overall and 2.15 ERA in conference play, while opponents are hitting .278 against the Gaels for the season. Jessica Lemmon (8-9, 3.50 ERA) and Britany Linton (6-7, 4.32 ERA) continue to pitch the majority of innings for Saint Mary's this season. Lemmon has thrown a team-high 104.0 innings this season, allowing 101 hits and 52 earned runs with 52 walks and 79 strikeouts. Linton has started a team-high 16 games and thrown 94.0 innings, allowing 118 hits and 58 earned runs with 30 walks and 45 strikeouts.
The Roadrunners enter the weekend series with a 10-30 overall record and a 3-5 mark in PCSC play. CSUB started conference play losing three-of-four to San Diego and then had a surprising series split with Coastal Division favorite Loyola Marymount this past weekend. Most recently, the Roadrunners dropped two games to UC Santa Barbara this week on the road.
CSU Bakersfield is hitting .258 as a team this season with a .337 slugging percentage and a .338 on base percentage. Laura King leads the Roadrunners this season with a .373 average (50-for-134), while Shay Fryer leads the team with 22 RBI and Amy Ricciardi leads the team with four home runs.
On the mound, the Roadrunners have a team ERA of 6.00 and teams are hitting .315 against them. Sarah Hoag (5-17, 5.40 ERA) leads the team with 114.0 innings pitched, allowing 88 earned runs with 57 walks and 55 strikeouts. Marissa Hiller (2-8, 8.16 ERA) has started a team-high 20 games, while Taylor Desilva (3-5, 5.01 ERA) has pitched 67.0 innings and leads the staff in ERA.
The Gaels are 9-7 all-time against Bakersfield, including claiming three-of-four from the Roadrunners last season in Moraga.
Following the series in Bakersfield, Saint Mary's will play another PCSC road series at Santa Clara next weekend. The Gaels and Broncos will play doubleheaders on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22.