STOCKTON, Calif. - The Saint Mary's softball team had an up and down day on Sunday, splitting a doubleheader with Pacific on the final day of the Libby Matson Tournament. The Gaels (11-16) earned a comeback 3-1 win in game one on the strength of another strong pitching performance by Jessica Lemmon, but could not get the bats going in game two and fell to the Tigers (18-11), 7-0.
Saint Mary's got off to a shaky start in game one and went down early but the Gaels settled down to mount a comeback against the Tigers. Saint Mary's scored two runs in the fifth and added an insurance run in the seventh to earn a 3-1 win.
Amelia McIntosh finished game one 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored, while Brittany Sabatini and Michelle Mounts each had two hits and a RBI.
Pacific got an unearned run in the top of the first to get the scoring started. Megan Hom led off the inning and reached first and advanced to second on a throwing error by SMC shortstop Rebecca Sabatini. Two consecutive singles scored Hom to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
The Gaels took the lead for good in the top of the fifth. Nicole Arce singled to open the inning and advanced on to second on a sacrifice bunt by Alexis Konstantinopoulos. McIntosh singled to center field to score Arce to tie the game at one. B. Sabatini came up to the plate next and hit a triple to right center to score McIntosh from first and put the Gaels up 2-1.
Saint Mary's added an insurance run in the top of the seventh on a RBI single by Mounts. After McIntosh singled to the pitcher, B. Sabatini was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Two batters later, Mounts hit a single to center field to score McIntosh from second.
Lemmon (6-6) finished with her third fantastic pitching performance of the week. She allowed six hits, just one unearned run and a walk in the complete game performance.
The Gaels couldn't quite get the bats going in game two and UOP starter Tori Shepard threw a complete game two-hit shutout to improve to 6-4 this season. Pacific jumped out to a quick lead with five runs through the first two innings and added two more in the fourth to earn a 7-0 win over Saint Mary's.
Two errors in the bottom of the first gave Pacific a quick 3-0 lead off SMC freshman starting pitcher Sarah Lira. The leadoff hitter reached on an error and then came around to score after a single and a double. Another error by the Gaels plated the Tigers' second run of the game and a wild pitch on ball four of a walk put Pacific up 3-0.
The Tigers added two runs in the bottom of the second to go up 5-0. Hom singled up the middle to open the inning and scored on a double during the next at bat by Megan Foglesong. Senior Britany Linton replaced Lira in the second and allowed a single to score Foglesong before closing out the inning.
Lira (1-2) was tagged with the loss in game two after allowing four hits, five runs (two earned), with a walk and a strikeout.
Pacific added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to go up 7-0. Hom hit an infield single to open the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Fogelsong. Three consecutive singles plated two Tiger runners to extend their lead to seven.
Linton finished the day allowing seven hits and two earned runs with three walks and four strikeouts in 4.2 innings.
Mounts and Rebecca Sabatini accounted for the only Gael hits in game two against Shepard.
Saint Mary's will return to action on Wednesday when they host San Jose State in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. from Cottrell Field. The Gaels will then begin PCSC play over the weekend when they host Sacramento State.