MORAGA, Calif. -- For the fourth time in as many tries, the Saint Mary's softball team had to settle for a split Saturday as the Gaels beat San Diego 2-0 in the first game and dropped a 4-2 decision in nine innings to finish the day.
Saint Mary's is now 12-21 overall and 4-4 in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference. San Diego is 17-18 overall and 2-6 in conference.
Single runs in the first and third innings put the Gaels in front and the pitching duo of Jessica Lemmon and Lujane Mussadi made the lead stand up.
Saint Mary's got started immediately, as Brittany Sabatini continued to heat up with a leadoff triple. Monika Reichhardt followed with a sacrifice fly, and Saint Mary's led 1-0.
The Gaels added another run in the third when Shannon Low's single to center brought Sarah Lira home from second base.
In the circle, Lemmon got the start and pitched brilliantly, tossing 5 2/3 innings of two-hit ball.
She departed with runners on the corners in the bottom of the sixth, and Mussadi was there to do the rest. The freshman right-hander induced a groundout to second, ending the threat.
San Diego loaded the bases in the seventh, but Mussadi again got the key ground ball, and a fielder's choice ended the game.
The Gaels jumped out to a 2-0 lead after an inning, only to see the Toreros tie it and eventually win on a home run in the top of the ninth inning.
Megan Smith supplied the early offense, crushing a home run to left-center field in the bottom of the first.
San Diego tied the score in the fifth inning, but left the potential go-ahead run on third when Mussadi struck out Lauren Tomey to end the frame.
Neither team would cross the plate again until the ninth. That's when Mary Grabowski, who hit a home run on Friday, left the park again with a two-run shot to left-center.
Saint Mary's went down in order in the bottom of the inning, giving the Toreros the split.
The Gaels hit the road next weekend for a four-game series at Loyola Marymount. Action starts Saturday at 10 a.m.