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Nikki Alexander's single gave the Gaels a walk-off win against BYU in Saturday's opening game.
Nikki Alexander's single gave the Gaels a walk-off win against BYU in Saturday's opening game.
SB | Alexander, Gaels Walk-Off Against No. 20 BYU
Release: Wednesday 05/13/2017 
by SMC Athletics
MORAGA, Calif. — With excellent pitching and timely hitting, the Gaels (17-31, 3-12 WCC) split their doubleheader against No. 20 BYU (44-11, 14-1 WCC) on Saturday in the final series of the season.

Saint Mary's 1, BYU 0

In a repeat of yesterday's matchup between aces Katie Moss and McKenna Bull, Moss got the last laugh as the Gaels walked off in the bottom of the seventh to hand BYU their first conference loss of the season.

Moss bounced back from a four-run showing Friday to silence the Cougar bats. The senior pitched a complete game shutout in her final start for the Gaels, whiffing seven hitters and allowing just four hits.

After six and a half scoreless frames, the Gaels finally broke through in the seventh to end the Cougars 22 game win streak and undefeated WCC record.

Abbey Mariani led off the inning with a single to left field and Moss was summoned from the bench to pinch run. A failed sacrifice bunt opportunity would keep a runner on first with one out but the next batter Bailey Lotz laid down a well-placed sacrifice to move Cara DiMercurio to second with two outs. Senior Giana Bilotta worked a full-count against Bull and ultimately drew a walk, setting the stage for standout freshman Nikki Alexander who blooped a single into center for the Gaels' walk-off victory.

The win for Moss was her ninth of the season, giving her 36 career victories at Saint Mary's. The loss for Bull was her fifth of the season as she struck out 10 batters in the game.

BYU 4, Saint Mary's 1

A costly seventh inning error would prove to be the difference maker in the second game of the doubleheader as BYU prevailed 4-1.

Katlyn Whitt (6-10) made her final start of the season for the Gaels and picked up a tough loss as she threw a complete game. A catching error at first base prolonged the seventh inning and saw the Cougars score three times but all three runs came unearned. Whitt's final line included one earned run, four strikeouts, a lone walk, and eight scattered hits.

Saint Mary's scored their lone run of the game in the fourth inning with a couple of singles. Dylan Linton got things started with a line drive single down the right field line to end BYU's no-hit bid. The next batter, Hailey Sparacino, laid down a bunt and was safe at first while Linton rounded second and advanced to third on a heads-up play, noticing the Cougars' third baseman strayed away from her bag. Linton would score later in the inning on an RBI groundout by Hannah Chew.

As part of Senior Day, Katie Moss and Giana Bilotta were recognized by Gaels' head coach Jessica Rodgers in between games. The mothers of Moss and Bilotta each threw out a ceremonial first pitch to their daughters before the first game. 


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