MORAGA, Calif. — A shutdown pitching performance by Katlyn Whitt gave Saint Mary’s a win in the first game of the day as the Gaels and Toreros split Saturday’s doubleheader.
Saint Mary’s 3, San Diego 0
Whitt proved to be the difference maker in the opening game of the afternoon as she threw a complete game shutout for the Gaels (16-23, 2-4 WCC) en route to her sixth win of the season. The junior from nearby Dublin scattered three hits and struck out one in her seven innings of work.
The Toreros (18-17, 4-2 WCC) managed to get runners on third base in both the second and third frame, but Whitt induced a pop out and tapper back to the circle, respectively, to get out of trouble.
Saint Mary’s scored all three runs in the third inning thanks to a pair of extra base hits. Cara DiMercurio led off the inning with a double to center field and scored shortly after on a Nikki Alexander single through the left side. Two batters later, Hailey Sparacino notched her team-leading 25th and 26th RBIs with a clutch double to center.
Whitt sealed the victory for the Gaels by retiring 10 straight batters to end the game.
San Diego 6, Saint Mary’s 4
Despite an early 3-0 lead by Saint Mary’s, a six run third inning undid the Gaels as San Diego salvaged the backend of the doubleheader.
Saint Mary’s got off to a hot start to begin the game as Sparacino cranked a double to center to score Alexander from second in the bottom of the first. Alexander followed suit with a two-run double in the next inning to give the Gaels a 3-0 lead after two frames.
Unfortunately for the Gaels, a nightmarish third inning unfolded as San Diego scratched six runs across on four hits and three walks. Gaels’ starter Katie Moss couldn’t record an out in the inning as the first seven Toreros reached base before Whitt entered in relief. Whitt retired the next three batters but not before San Diego scored their final two runs to take a 6-3 lead.
Saint Mary’s responded with a run in the bottom of the frame as Eryn McCoy lined a single into center field to score Hannah Chew, but SMC couldn’t produce a clutch hit for the remainder of the game and ultimately fell, 6-4.
After her dominant performance in game one, Katlyn Whitt pitched five shutout innings in relief and allowed just one hit and two walks to keep the game within reach. After recording twelve scoreless innings on Saturday, Whitt now leads the Gaels in ERA at 2.29.
Saint Mary’s will have a two week hiatus before returning to action on Apr. 29 against Loyola Marymount. The three game set will take place in Los Angeles and live stats for the game can be found on the Gaels’ softball schedule page.
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