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SB | Gaels Finish Up Bulldog Classic

Feb. 18, 2018

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FRESNO, Calif. — On the final day of the Bulldog Classic, Saint Mary’s nearly picked up two wins but dropped both games by just a run to Bakersfield and Fresno State.

Game 1
CSU Bakersfield 6, Saint Mary’s 5

The action picked up in the top of the third as the Gaels recorded the first runs of the game. With runners on first and third, senior Hailey Sparacino doubled to left center field to drive in two runs for SMC. With the bases loaded and two outs, Jaymee Campbell singled up the middle to give the Gaels the 3-0 lead.

The Roadrunners (1-9) quickly answered in the bottom frame. CSU Bakersfield recorded just one hit in the inning, but capitalized with three runs to tied the game at three apiece.

First year player Julia McCormack got the fifth inning started with a double to left field. With two outs and runners on first and second, Nikki Alexander delivered a triple to right field to give SMC the 5-3 lead.

CSU Bakersfield again came back in the bottom of the fifth with three of its own runs en route to the narrow 6-5 win.

Freshman Eileen Perez pitched 4.2 innings and struck out four batters with three earned runs. Fellow first year player Kimiko Zapanta went 2-for-3 at the plate, while Alexander went 2-for-4.

Game 2
Fresno State 3, Saint Mary’s 2

After heading into the final inning trailing by three, the Gaels rallied to score two runs with a chance to tie but ultimately fell to the Bulldogs, 3-2.

McCormack led off the seventh by reaching on a fielding error and the next batter, Hannah Chew, recorded her second single of the game to put two Gaels on base. Abbey Mariani laid down a sacrifice bunt to push both runners into scoring position and Jaymee Campbell drew a walk to fill the bases with only one out.

The second Fresno State (7-3) fielding error of inning allowed two runners to score and put two runners on. The next batter up for SMC grounded out to move the runners into scoring position once again but Saint Mary’s couldn’t score the equalizer as Fresno State escaped with the win.

Eryn McCoy entered the game in relief and pitched shutout 3.2 innings with three strikeouts and only two hits allowed. The Gaels notched four hits during the game.


  • With four stolen bases on the day, Kimiko Zapanta now ranks among the conference leaders in stolen bases. 
  • The Gaels have drawn 27 walks this year compared to only 23 for their opponents. 

Saint Mary’s will host Cal in their home opener on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. Links for the game can be found on Gaels’ schedule page.


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