BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- The Saint Mary's softball team pushed its win streak to six with a 2-1 win over Cal State Bakersfield in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, but the Roadrunners came back with a 3-2 win in game two to force the Gaels to settle for a split.
Saint Mary's now sits at 18-27 overall and 9-9 in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference. Bakersfield is 14-26 and also 9-9 in conference.
Sarah Lira belted two solo home runs to help Saint Mary's shake off an unearned run and earn the victory in the first game of the day.
Lira got the Gaels on the board in the second, leading off the inning with a home run to center field.
Saint Mary's first baseman continued her power surge in her next at-bat. This time, she pulled the ball, driving one out to left field to put the Gaels up 2-0 in the fourth.
Bakersfield got a run back in the bottom of the fourth without a ball leaving the infield. A hit by pitch, infield hit and a walk loaded the bases, and a wild pitch brought Laura King in to score.
Gaels pitcher Jessica Lemmon would work out of the inning, completing the fourth before giving way to Lujane Mussadi. The freshman from Los Gatos would allow just one hit over the final three innings, earning her third save of the season. Lemmon earned her seventh win of the season.
Bakersfield took the lead with a run in the third, tacked on two more in the fourth and then held off a Saint Mary's rally for the 3-2 win.
Again, the Gaels used the home run to spark a rally. First, Sabatini would leave the yard with a one-out home run to left that made it 3-1 Bakersfield in the fifth.
Freshman Andrea Hazel would add to the offense in the sixth, going the other way to drive a solo homer of her own over the right-center field fence. That made it 3-2 heading to the seventh.
Saint Mary's had a shot to tie the score after Christine Torrise singled to lead off the inning. Sabatini bunted her to second, and groundout by Shannon Low moved Torrise to third. Bakersfield freshman Amber Mills worked out of trouble though, inducing a ground ball to end the game.
Sabatini and Megan Smith each had two hits for the Gaels.
Saint Mary's and Bakersfield resume play Sunday at noon as they finish their series with another doubleheader.