SB | Gaels Comeback Falls Short Versus LMU
Saint Mary's rallied in the end but dropped the 3-1 decision to the Lions in a WCC battle.
MORAGA, Calif. -- Saint Mary's (11-27,1-5 WCC) dropped its West Coast Conference series against Loyola Marymount (22 -21-1, 5-1 WCC) despite a late seventh inning rally Sunday afternoon at Cottrell Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Gaels' rally in the bottom of the seventh started with a double by Julia McCormack who was driven in by Nikki Alexander with a two-out RBI single to cut the Lions lead, 3-1. Kimiko Zapanta followed up with a single of her own but the rally fell just short as the Lions walked away with the close win.
After the Lions struck first in the top of the fourth with back-to-back home runs from Delanie Wisz, Katelyn Whitt came into relief and held the Lions scoreless for four innings while only allowing just one hit. The Gaels offense threatened in the bottom of the third and fourth inning off LMU's starting pitcher Hannah Bandimere, but it wasn't until the final frame when the Gaels were able to capitalize and score their first run of the game.
After two scoreless innings from Eryn McCoy, Hannah Chew and Bailey Lotz recorded back-to-back hits to put the Gaels into the first scoring position chance of the game but were held to no runs in the inning. The Gaels also applied pressure in the bottom of the fourth by forcing back-to-back walks with just one out.
Zapanta Kimiko continued her impressive season on the base pads by recording her 33rd stolen base in the bottom of the fifth after a two-out single. Kimiko has only been thrown out once on 34 steal attempts.
- Zapanta Kimiko recorded her 33rd stolen base of the season, which puts her just six steals away from a school record 39 set by Janelle Yousef.
- Katlyn Whitt came into relief and threw four scoreless innings for the Gaels while only allowing just one hit.
- Saint Mary's travels to Sacramento State to play a two game series on Wednesday April 18th at 2 and 4 p.m. PDT.
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