MORAGA, Calif. -- After a mid-week win continued the Saint Mary's softball team's recent run of success, the Gaels now turn their attention back to Pacific Coast Softball Conference play as they host San Diego for doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday.
Action begins both days at noon at Cottrell Field. This will be the next to last opportunity to see the Gaels on familiar soil, with just one more home series left on the schedule.
Saint Mary's (10-19, 2-2 PCSC) has steadily improved throughout the season, and that progress is now beginning to turn into wins.
The Gaels have won six of their last eight, including Wednesday's 2-0 win over a UC Santa Barbara team that entered with a 20-10 record.
In that game, a pair of veterans led the charge. Senior Jessica Lemmon tossed 5 1/3 innings of two-hit ball, and junior Christine Torrise smashed a two-run home run to give the Gaels their offense for the day.
Also entering this weekend's series on a roll is pitcher Lujane Mussadi. The freshman standout hasn't allowed an earned run since March 16, and her 21 2/3 innings without an earned run against Utah Valley last week yielded a second PCSC Pitcher of the Week honor.
Megan Smith continues to lead Saint Mary's offensively with a .319 average. Not far behind her in second is freshman Monika Reichhardt, who has seen her average rise to .291.
San Diego (15-16, 0-4) comes to Moraga in search of its first PCSC win of the season. The Toreros were swept in a four-game home series last weekend by BYU.
Leading the way for San Diego is pitcher Cassidy Coleman. The junior from San Diego finished compiled a 1.00 ERA in 14 innings last weekend, striking out 17 in the process. She enters this weekend's series with a 2.11 ERA.
Lauren Tomey leads the Toreros offensively with a .372 average. She's also tied for the team lead in RBI with nine.
After hosting San Diego this weekend, Saint Mary's travels to Southern California for a four-game set at Loyola Marymount on April 6-7.