MORAGA, Calif. - The Saint Mary's softball team had a disappointing start to the day but responded quite well in game two of the Pacific Coast Softball Conference doubleheader against San Diego. After being no-hit in game one and falling 1-0, the Gaels answered in game two with 15 hits to defeat the Toreros 11-1.
With the win in the first game of the day, San Diego clinched the series after capturing both wins yesterday. Saint Mary's finished the weekend with a 15-19 overall record and a 4-3 mark in PCSC play, while San Diego is now 19-13 and 6-2 in conference action.
The first game of the day was a pitchers duel between SMC starter Jessica Lemmon and USD starter Jenny Lahitte.
After Lahitte (9-6) struck out 13 in seven innings yesterday, the Torero righty threw a no-hitter against the Gaels on Sunday. In 7.0 innings pitched, Lahitte walked one and struck out eight.
Saint Mary's had their chances in the first few innings, getting a runner on board by way of a walk, a hit by pitch, and an error, but Lahitte was able to get of a jam each time.
Lemmon (8-8) was almost equally impressive in game one, allowing just two hits in 6.0 innings pitched. The first hit she allowed was an infield single in the bottom of fourth, in which Rebecca Sabatini made a great play to keep the ball from leaving the infield.
The Toreros only run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth. Lemmon gave up just her second hit of the game to Morgan Kurtz, who hit a leadoff triple off the centerfield fence. Dana Prelsnik brought Kurtz home during the next at bat with a RBI groundout to give the USD the only run they needed in game one.
Lemmon's line for the game in 6.0 innings pitched was two hits, one run, two walks and two strikeouts.
The Gaels got on the board first in the top of the second. Christine Torrise singled to open the inning, moved to second on a wild pitch and then advanced to third on a groundout. Elizabeth Slaughter got in a run down after a two-out walk which allowed Torrise to score from third.
Taylor Hensley tied the game up at one in the bottom of the inning by crushing a 3-2 pitch over the left field fence off SMC starter Britany Linton.
The Gaels busted the game wide open in the top of the third with six runs on seven hits. Amelia McIntosh started the inning with a leadoff single and finished the inning with a two-RBI single as well. Rebecca Sabatini, Torrise and Mandy Camuso also had RBI singles in the inning to give the Gaels a 7-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, Slaughter hit a single through the left side for her first career hit and came around to score on a single to centerfield by Brittany Sabatini to put the Gaels up 8-1.
Saint Mary's continued to pile it in the top of the seventh. R. Sabatini hit a RBI single through the right side to score her sister, while Kayla Gonzales doubled to centerfield to add two more runs for the Gaels and put SMC ahead 11-1.
Linton (6-7) earned the complete game win for the Gaels, scattering seven hits and allowing one run while walking two and striking out one.
Torrise and Gonzales each went 3-for-5, while B. Sabatini, McIntosh, and R. Sabatini each had two hits.
Saint Mary's will return to action on Wednesday with a showdown against Bay Area rival and No. 1-ranked California. The Gaels and Bears will play one game beginning at 3 p.m. from Cottrell Field.