MORAGA, Calif. - Coming off a rare tripleheader sweep over Sacramento State last Sunday, the Saint Mary's softball team hosts an important four-game Pacific Coast Softball Conference series this weekend against San Diego at Cottrell Field. The Gaels and Toreros each have three wins in PCSC Coastal Division play and will look to earn crucial wins this weekend.
Saint Mary's and San Diego will play doubleheaders on Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7 at Cottrell Field. Games both days will begin at 12 p.m., with game two beginning approximately 20 minutes after the completion of the first game of the day.
Live stats will be available for all four games this weekend and can be found on the softball schedule page. Fans can also follow the Gaels on Twitter @SMCGaels to get in-game updates throughout the weekend.
Saint Mary's got off to a great start in conference play last week with a tripleheader sweep of Sacramento State. The Gaels and Hornets were forced to play three games in one day due to a rain out on Saturday, March 31, while game four of the series will be scheduled for a later date. SMC cruised to an 8-3 win in game one, held off the Hornets for an 8-6 victory in game two, and then concluded the day with a 3-1 win.
Junior Jessica Lemmon had another fantastic week on the mound and was named the PCSC Coastal Division Co-Pitcher of the Week for her performance. This was the second straight week and third time this season that Lemmon has been given this honor. The Castro Valley, Calif. native went 2-0 with a save in the three games, allowing 16 hits and two earned runs in 14.2 innings pitched. Lemmon walked just three batters and struck out 13 to help her to a 0.95 ERA for the day.
After hitting under .200 this season with three RBI prior to Sunday, senior Kayla Gonzales hit .545 on Sunday, going 6-for-11 with two doubles, a home run and three runs scored. Gonzales also had six RBI against the Hornets, which tripled her season total.
The Gaels hit .333 on Sunday against the Hornets to improve their team batting average to .288 this season. Saint Mary's has hit 20 home runs this season with 48 doubles and four triples. With eight doubles on Sunday against Sacramento State, the Gaels are now 11th in the nation as a team with 1.60 doubles per game.
Senior Michelle Mounts continues to lead Saint Mary's in multiple statistical categories this season, including batting average (.402), slugging percentage (.641), on base percentage (.481), runs scored (22), and doubles (11). Fellow senior Rebecca Sabatini is currently on a team-best 12-game hit streak and also leads the team with 22 RBI this season.
San Diego enters the series with a 16-12 overall record and a 3-1 mark in PCSC play after taking three-of-four from CSU Bakersfield last weekend. The Toreros are hitting .291 as a team with a .447 slugging percentage and a .342 on base percentage. USD has hit 22 home runs this season with 36 doubles and eight triples.
Lauren Tomey leads the Toreros this season with a .392 average (31-for-79) with three triples and a .671 slugging percentage. Morgan Kurtz is hitting .295 this season but leads the team with five home runs and 19 RBI.
As a pitching staff, San Diego has a 2.57 ERA and is holding opponents to a .247 batting average. The Toreros have used three pitchers so far this season with Cassidy Coleman (7-4, 2.18 ERA) and Jenny Lahitte (7-6, 2.30 ERA) getting the majority of innings. Coleman has made 17 appearances and 10 starts this season, allowing 20 earned runs and 52 walks with 79 strikeouts in 64.1 innings pitched. Lahitte leads the team with 82.0 innings pitched this season, striking out 94 batters and walking just 35.
The Gaels are 54-35 all-time against San Diego, but the Toreros won three-of-four against Saint Mary's last season in San Diego.
Next week, the Gaels will host No. 1 California for a mid-week match up on Wednesday, April 11 before traveling to CSU Bakersfield for a four-game PCSC series against the Roadrunners on April 14 and 15.