SAN ANGELO – Kari Galm scattered five hits over seven innings and fourth-ranked Angelo State University handed Malissa Magee her first loss in four weeks as 18th-ranked St. Mary’s University was defeated by the Rambelles 5-2 in softball action Sunday afternoon at the NCAA South Central Region Tournament, played at the ASU Softball Complex.
Galm, who shut out Tarleton State Saturday night on just one hit, was again in top form on Sunday. She allowed just two unearned runs on five hits and one walk, while striking out two to improve to 30-6 this season. The Rattlers were able to score on her in just one inning, the third inning. Jenna Saucedo (So., Elmendorf) led off with a single to right and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. One out later Sade Moore (So., Angleton) grounded a ball to third, but Brittany Welch’s throw went wide, allowing Saucedo to score. Kelcy Walker (Jr., San Antonio) followed with a single to left, scoring Moore and cutting the lead to 3-2.
Magee (Jr., Houston), pitching for the fourth straight day, worked in and out of trouble all day. She allowed season highs in both runs (5) and hits (11), while striking out seven and walking one. She fell to 30-9 on the season with the loss, her first since a 4-3 loss to Angelo State on April 18.
The loss was the first in the tournament for the Rattlers, who are 3-1. ASU has now won five games in a row since a 6-0 loss to Northeastern State in the first round of the tournament.
With the loss the Rattlers fell to 45-17 overall, while Angelo State improved to 51-11. The two teams will meet for the South Central Region Championship on Monday morning, starting at 11 a.m. The winner of the game will advance to the NCAA Division II College World Series, played in Akron, Ohio, starting Thursday.