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.
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.