HONOLULU, Hawaii -- The Saint Mary's softball team saw its season open a bit on the slow side Thursday as the Gaels dropped an 8-0 decicsion to Washington and lost 10-2 to Ole Miss at the Oceanic Time Warner Paradise Cable Classic in Honolulu.
Saint Mary's faced a stern test right off the bat, matching up against a Washington squad ranked No. 16 in the country.
The Huskies got started right away, plating two in the first inning against Saint Mary's starter Jessica Lemmon.
Lemmon battled through the next few innings, before giving way to Sarah Lira in the fourth. Lemmon struck out four but walked three and allowed four runs before departing.
At the plate, Saint Mary's got hits from Brittany Sabatini and Andrea Hazel. The hit was Hazel's first on the collegiate level, as she was one of four freshmen in the starting lineup to begin the season.
Playing the home team against Ole Miss, the Gaels spotted the Rebels four runs in the third, finding themselves behind midway through the game.
Saint Mary's finally hit the scoreboard in the fifth, and it was the freshman Hazel who delivered. A two-run single to right field plated Kaitlyn Mamizuka and Erica Musgrave, giving the Gaels their first runs of the season.
Ole Miss managed to widen the lead from there, eventually stretching the lead to eight with four runs in the top of the seventh.
Saint Mary's did improve offensively in the second game, with Alexis Konstantinopoulos, Lira, Mamizuka, Musgrave and Hazel all collecting hits.
The Gaels get back to work on Saturday at 3 p.m. (PST) when they take on Alabama-Birmingham. They'll follow that game with an 8 p.m. contest against host Hawaii, then finish tournament play on Sunday before returning to the mainland.