By: Trey Hannula
SMC Athletic Communications
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Production at the top of the lineup helped the Gaels (9-9) split their two games of the afternoon in the second day of the ShareSLO Mustang Classic.
Saint Mary’s 5, Sacred Heart 3
The Gaels recorded five hits and five RBIs from their 1-3 hitters against Sacred Heart in their first Saturday game, leading to a 5-3 win.
Saint Mary’s struck early, notching two runs in the opening frame to take a 2-0 lead. Dylan Linton managed to get on base with a single before Hailey Sparacino delivered with a two-run homer, her first of the season.
Sacred Heart would find a few runs to take a 3-2 lead into the fifth but the top of the lineup would come up big once again to put the Gaels on top. Nikki Alexander recorded another RBI extra base hit in the tournament with a two-run triple to score Hannah Chew and pinch runner Eryn McCoy for a 4-3 lead.
Katie Moss threw a complete game for SMC, her team-leading fifth of the season. Moss allowed only five hits, no walks, and struck out five while improving to 5-4 with the win.
Middle Tennessee State 8, Saint Mary’s 0
The Gaels dropped their second contest of the day in a rain-shortened game against MTSU, 8-0.
Saint Mary’s offense was stifled by MTSU pitcher Cori Jennings who threw a six-inning complete game. Jennings allowed only two hits and two walks while striking out six Gaels in her shutout performance.
Sparacino and Bailey Lotz picked up the only hits for SMC in the loss.
The pitching struggled for the Gaels as the Blue Raiders tallied 11 hits, not to mention their six walks, en route to scoring eight runs. Saint Mary’s utilized three pitchers during the game but none were able to figure out the MTSU batters. With Izzy Ortiz on the mound and two runners on base in the bottom of the sixth inning, the game was called due to rain.
Saint Mary’s will play their final game of the tournament tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. against Cal Poly. Live stats can be found on the Gaels’ schedule page. Results and recaps can also be found following the day’s action.
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