March 5, 2005
MORAGA, Calif. - First baseman Claudia Williams hit a walk-off grand slam with two outs in the seventh inning on Saturday lifting Saint Mary's to a 7-4 win over UC Davis and completing the Gaels' sweep over the Aggies after they posted a 4-0 win in the opener of their nonconference softball doubleheader at Cottrell Field.
UC Davis, which has lost eight consecutive games, is 3-18 overall while Saint Mary's avenged a loss to the Aggies earlier this season and improved to 3-11. Megan Turman had two hits for the Aggies in the nightcap, while freshman pitcher Jessica Hancock didn't allow a hit to the Gaels in the opener until they started a four-run rally in the sixth.
UC Davis led 4-3 with two out in the seventh inning of the second game and was just a strike away from recording the win, but Williams ended it for Saint Mary's with a grand slam to left field off reliever Lauren Pieretti. The homer was Williams' second of the game and capped a nightcap in which she knocked in five runs. Her other home run was a solo shot in the sixth inning that gave Saint Mary's a 3-2 lead.
UC Davis responded in the top of the seventh with two runs and a 4-3 lead after Megan De La Hoya doubled and scored after a single by Turman. Turman then came around after an infield error by Saint Mary's. The Gaels had two hits in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases on a walk and an infield single after Pieretti relieved Rachel Kelly, setting up Williams' heroics.
UC Davis scored two runs in the second inning for a 2-0 lead after singles by Pieretti and Kristin Herrera. An error by Saint Mary's then allowed both runners to score. The Gaels' answered in their half of the frame on a two-run double by Russell.
Lindsay Tognetti pitched 6.0 innings for the Aggies, striking out eight and walking five, while allowing five hits and four runs. Megan Galloway earned the win for Saint Mary's with an inning of relief pitching.
Galloway earned her first collegiate victory in the opener, despite UC Davis out-hitting the Gael's 4-3. Galloway struck out six batters and walked just four.
Saint Mary's took control of the game after the teams battled through five innings of scoreless softball. Hancock held the Gaels in check until the sixth when they scored four runs on three hits. A pair of bases-loaded walks and RBI singles by Michelle Mathis and Shelly Taketa off Hancock and reliever Stacey Benzing accounted for the Gaels' rally.
De La Hoya, Hancock, Lindsay Cox and Herrera each singled for UC Davis. Catcher Eleni Papailias doubled to help highlight Saint Mary's three hits.
The Aggies return to action on Friday when they face Connecticut and Iowa to open the National Invitational Softball Tournament at San Jose State. The tournament continues through the weekend.