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SB | Gaels Notch First-Ever Win Over No. 23 Cal
Release: Wednesday 02/16/2014 
by SMC Athletics
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Saint Mary’s softball team notched its first-win in school history over No. 23 California, defeating the Golden Bears 4-1 on Sunday at the Campbell/Cartier Classic, hosted by San Diego State.

"We outplayed Cal at all aspects of the game," said head coach Jessica Hanaseth Rodgers.  "We took advantage of their mistakes and came up with some big hits as well.  Sarah dominated in the circle and did a great job going the complete game."

Saint Mary’s put pressure on Cal all game, getting a runner into scoring position in each inning. Sarah Lira (4-2) went the complete game, going 7.0 innings, allowing just five hits and one run.

After spotting the Golden Bears a run in the top of the first, SMC responded with a run in the bottom of the second. Christine Torrise singled with two outs and Andrea Hazel would race around to score and tie the game up at 1-1.

Cal had a great chance in the top of the fourth, as the Golden Bears had back-to-back singles to open the inning. However, SMC got a double play groundball and a ground out to the pitcher to keep the Bears off the board.

SMC broke through in the fifth inning, again with two outs. Erica Musgrave singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Cassidy Szeredy had the go-ahead RBI single to right field, putting SMC up 2-1. After Lira singled to put two on, Hazel had the big knock, a two-RBI double to push SMC’s lead up to 4-1 through five.

Cal would be retired in order in the sixth and seventh innings as SMC locked up the victory.

In the second game against San Diego State, the Gaels picked up right where they left off against Cal, loading the bases in the first. SMC came up empty, but kept getting chances with runners on base.

In the fourth, Hazel walked. Loralie Fitzpatrick followed with a home run to left center, hitting it out on an 0-2 pitch to give the Gaels a 2-0 lead.

SDSU came back in the top of the fifth and hit a two-run home run to tie the game up at 2-2. The teams would stay tied until the eighth inning.

In the top of the 8th, SDSU got a lead off single and the runner was advanced to second on a sac bunt. A single through the right side scored the go-ahead and what would be the winning run.

SMC’s Musgrave led off the bottom of the eighth reaching base on a throwing error by the Aztec shortstop. After a sac bunt to move Musgrave to second base, Lira flied out for the second out. Hazel walked but the Gaels struck out in for the final out.

Lujane Mussadi pitched well going 8.0 innings, allowing nine hits and three runs.

"We played well this weekend," said Hanaseth Rodgers.  "We are getting better and better with every game."

Saint Mary’s is back in action next week at the Bank of Hawaii tournament in Honolulu.