SANTA CALRA, Calif. – West Coast Conference play begins as Santa Clara softball heads to Saint Mary's for a three-game set. The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday at noon and 2 p.m. before concluding the series Sunday at noon.
The Broncos dropped a midweek game to Stanford Tuesday.
Santa Clara (8-26, 0-0 WCC) is hitting .256 as a team with a .340 on-base percentage and has scored 111 runs on the season behind 46 doubles, five triples, and five home runs.
Eleni Spirakis leads the team in hitting with a .358 average and has a .435 OBP to go with a team-high nine steals. She has also scored a team-leading 26 runs while hitting eight doubles and a home run with 10 RBIs. Sammy Needham's 13 doubles lead Santa Clara and she is hitting .344 with a team-best .449 OBP. She is also second with 17 RBIs and has scored 11 runs. Regan Dias is hitting .310 with 17 runs scored and 15 RBIs and Hannah Russell has a team-high 21 RBIs.
Lauren Anderson leads the Broncos in appearances (23), starts (16), complete games (4), and innings pitched (82 1/3). Regan Dias has tossed 68 innings with three complete games and Lauren Schiek has two saves in 43 2/3 innings.
Saint Mary's (7-26, 0-0 WCC) has been outscored 206-79 on the season. The Gaels are batting .221 as a team with 27 doubles, a triple, and seven home runs. They have a team ERA of 7.52.
Dylan Linton has a team-best .293 batting average to go with 11 runs scored and eight RBIs. Julia McCormack leads the Gaels with 15 RBIs and has hit three home runs to tie for the team lead. Kalissa Heihn has also hit three home runs to go with 11 runs scored. Bailey Lotz's 14 runs scored lead Saint Mary's.
Eryn McCoy has appeared in a team-high 23 games and made seven starts with two complete games. Her 79 innings lead the team. Eileen Perez has appeared in 22 games and made a team-leading 13 starts with four complete games, also a team-high. She has a team-best 57 strikeouts in 74 1/3 innings pitched.
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