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Britany Linton finishes her Saint Mary's career tied atop the all-time career win list with 46
Britany Linton finishes her Saint Mary's career tied atop the all-time career win list with 46
SB | Gaels Fall to Portland State in PCSC Championship
Release: Monday 05/12/2012 
by SMC Athletics
MORAGA, Calif. - The Saint Mary's softball team dropped a heartbreaker in game two of the PCSC Championship Series to Portland State on Saturday afternoon. Senior Britany Linton pitched a four-hit gem for the Gaels but SMC could only manage three hits on the afternoon in the 1-0 loss.

After winning game one yesterday, the Vikings (27-23) clinched the series with the close win on Saturday and claimed their second consecutive PCSC Championship.

Saint Mary's concludes the 2012 season with a 26-23 record after winning the program's second PCSC Coastal Division title in three years. The Gaels also set a program record with 15 wins in conference play this season.

After five and a half scoreless innings, the Vikings broke through with the only run of the day in the bottom of the sixth. Alesha Fine singled to centerfield to open the inning and her pinch runner Aubrey Nitschelm moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt by Karmen Holladay. Nitschelm came around to score during the next at bat when Brit Hendrickson singled to right field.

PSU's Anna Bertrand (22-11) was stellar once again for the Vikings on Saturday. Bertrand gave up just three hits and struck out eight without giving up a run or a walk. Bertrand was named the PCSC Championship Series Most Outstanding Pitcher, while Hendrickson was named the Most Outstanding Player of the series.

The Gaels had their chances throughout the game with the three hits as well as two hit by pitches but SMC stranded runners on base in five of seven innings. Seniors Michelle Mounts, Kayla Gonzales and Mandy Camuso accounted for the Gaels' three hits on the day.

In 6.0 innings pitched, Linton (11-8) gave up just four hits and one earned run while walking three and striking out three. She had a no-hitter going into the fifth inning before giving up two hits in both the fifth and sixth innings. Linton finishes her spectacular Saint Mary's career tied for first with 46 career wins.