Against Hawaii, the Gaels got three doubles in the third inning to break open a scoreless game. Loralie Fitzpatrick led off with a double, followed by Giana Bilotta with a double to drive in Fitzpatrick. With one out, Brittany Sabatini doubled to the right center gap to score Bilotta to give the Gaels the 2-0 lead.
Meanwhile, starter Katie Moss tossed two scoreless frames to start the game, while Lujane Mussadi entered to finish off the game and earn the win. Moss made her debut in the first game against the Tar Heels, tossing two scoreless frames.
Cassidy Szeredy blasted a solo home run in the fourth to give SMC a 3-0 lead. The home run would prove to be the difference maker as UH got a two-run home run in the fifth.
Mussadi sailed through the rest of the game, retiring the side in order in the seventh, striking out the final hitter to preserve the win. It was Mussadi’s first recorded win of the year.
In the first game against the Tar Heels, the Gaels kept pressure on North Carolina all game. SMC had six hits and left eight runners on base in the 2-0 loss.
NC hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning against SMC starter Sarah Lira, but that was all the runs UNC would get the rest of the game.
It was another strong performance by Lira, going 4.0 innings and allowing six hits and two runs. Moss saw her first collegiate action in the game and tossed two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out two.
In the Gaels’ final at-bat in the seventh inning against UNC, the Gaels got two runners on with one out. SMC was unable to get the potential tying runs home with two ground outs to end the game.
Cassidy Szeredy had two hits, while Loralie Fitzpatrick, Giana Bilotta, Erica Musgrave and Brittany Sabatini had the rest of SMC’s hits.
Saint Mary’s is back in action on Saturday with two more games in the Bank of Hawaii Invitational. SMC faces San Jose State at 2:00 p.m. (PT).