SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- After a win on Saturday got the Saint Mary's softball team back on track, the Gaels kept that roll going with wins over Texas State and Fresno State on Sunday at the Capital Classic in Sacramento.
The first win came Sunday morning in a 8-2 win over the Bobcats. The Gaels followed that with a tense 3-2 victory over the Bulldogs to finish the tournament with a sterling 3-1 record.
The Gaels continued to swing the hot bats, with early offense again setting the tone for a lopsided win over the Bobcats.
One day after putting up a season-high nine runs against Sacramento State, Saint Mary's scored five in the first to pull ahead against Texas State.
And, much as she did the day before, Shannon Low played the role of catalyst. The freshman, making just her second collegiate start, came to the plate with two outs, the bases loaded and the Gaels leading 1-0.
Low blew the game open with one swing, belting a grand slam over the center field fence. That left Saint Mary's up 5-0 after an inning.
Texas State responded with a run in the top of the second, but the Gaels were ready in the bottom of the frame. A two-run double by Sarah Lira was the key blow in a three-run inning, leaving SMC up 8-1 after just two innings.
Jessica Lemmon cruised from there to pick up her second win of the season. She scattered five hits and allowed just one earned run in a complete-game effort.
Saint Mary's (7-17) again took the lead first in the afternoon game, scoring three runs in the fourth inning.
It was a couple familiar faces doing the offensive damage. Lira doubled in a run, Low singled in one and Loralie Fitzpatrick drove in the third as the Gaels capitalized on two Fresno State errors to do their damage.
Fresno State scored twice in the bottom of the fourth, closing the gap to 3-2.
The Bulldogs had their final chance in the bottom of the seventh. With the bases loaded and one out, Gaels pitcher Lujane Mussadi induced a ground ball to third. Christine Torrise made the play, throwing home to get a force out to preserve the lead.
Then, with two outs, Mussadi got the ground ball she was looking for, as Kapri Angotti grounded to shortstop, Fitzpatrick came up with it and made the play to end the game.
Leading the way offensively was Megan Smith, who went 3 for 6 in the two games combined. Lira also had a good day, going 2 for 6 with 3 RBIs.
Saint Mary's returns to the field on Saturday when it hosts Utah Valley in a doubleheader to open Pacific Coast Softball Conference play. Action starts at noon.