BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Saint Mary's softball team cruised to two more big wins over CSU Bakersfield on Sunday to earn an important Pacific Coast Softball Conference series sweep over the Roadrunners. The Gaels shutout CSUB in a 7-0 game one win and then exploded once again for 12 runs on the strength of four home runs in a 12-3 run-rule win in game two.
With the two wins Sunday, Saint Mary's improved to 19-20 overall and 8-3 in PCSC play, while CSU Bakersfield dropped to 10-34 overall and 3-9 in conference action.
For the second day in a row, the Saint Mary's bats were hot. The Gaels hit .419 for the day with six home runs and .403 in the four-game series. The Sabatini sisters led SMC on Sunday against the Roadrunners, combining to go 10-for-15 with seven runs, two doubles, four home runs and eight RBI. Rebecca Sabatini was 5-for-7 with four runs, a double, a home run and two RBI, while Brittany Sabatini was 5-for-8 with three home runs and six RBI.
The Gaels also received two fantastic pitching performances, as Jessica Lemmon and Britany Linton both earned a win on Sunday without allowing an earned run to give them each a 2-0 record this weekend.
The Gaels jumped out to an early lead in game one of the day with two home runs. B. Sabatini led off the bottom of the first with a solo blast which was her sixth of the season. After Michelle Mounts singled through the right, side, R. Sabatini hit her fifth home run of the season to put SMC up 3-0. This was the second time this season that both Sabatini sisters have hit a home run in the same game, and first time they have hit a home run in the same inning.
After a few scoreless innings, the Gaels added to their lead in the bottom of the fifth. Mounts and R. Sabatini singled to open the inning and Alexis Konstantinopoulos doubled to left field to put Saint Mary's up 5-0.
The Gaels tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth on RBI singles by Megan Smith and Kayla Gonzales.
Lemmon (10-9) pitched another gem on Sunday in game one, scattering just three hits in the complete game shutout.
Mounts and R. Sabatini led the Gaels in game one with three hits each, while Smith and Nicole Arce had two hits.
Game two of the day was close for four and a half innings until Saint Mary's exploded for two more big innings to walk off with a run-rule win.
The Gaels jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when B. Sabatini hit her second lead off home run of the day.
Saint Mary's extended their lead to 2-0 on another solo home run, this time a two-out blast by Smith in the bottom of the third. A two-out RBI double by B. Sabatini in the bottom of the fourth put SMC ahead 3-0.
The Roadrunners tied the game up with a swing of the bat in the top of the fifth. After a Gael error with two outs in the inning, Amy Ricciardi hit a three-run home run off Linton to plate three unearned runs.
After the Gaels scored an unearned run to open up the fifth, Gonzales hit a two-RBI single to put SMC up 5-3. With runners on first and second, B. Sabatini hit her second home run of the game and third of the day to extend the Saint Mary's lead to 8-3. The home run for B. Sabatini was her eighth of the season, which is the third most in a single season at Saint Mary's. The SMC single season home run record is 11 set by Jenna Smith in 2008.
In the bottom of the sixth, Gonzales ended the game with a walk-off three-run home run to help the Gaels run-rule the Roadrunners 12-3.
Linton (8-7) pitched all six innings, scattering seven hits with three unearned runs, two walks, and four strikeouts.
B. Sabatini was 4-for-4 in game two with five RBI and two runs scored. R. Sabatini, Christine Torrise, and Gonzales had two hits each, while Gonzales had five RBI as well.
Saint Mary's will return to action next weekend with another four-game PCSC road series at Santa Clara. The Gaels and Broncos will play doubleheaders on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22.