By: Alex Crook, SMCGaels.com Correspondent
MORAGA, Calif. — The sun shined down on Moraga Friday, but the San Diego offense outshined that of the Gaels, as the Saint Mary's baseball team dropped game one of a three-game series 8-2 at Louis Guisto Field.
Eddie Haus and Brett Rasso continued to produce for Saint Mary's (28-17, 11-8 WCC) as they have all season with four hits between the two of them, but San Diego starting pitcher Nick Sprengel shut down the bulk of the Gaels' offense.
“Their pitcher and hitters were better than ours,” Gaels head coach Eric Valenzuela said. “The team that deserved to win today won. Plain and simple.”
Jackson Thoreson, who went 1 for 4 on the day, extended his career-long hit and on-base streaks to 10 and 17 games, respectively, with a sixth-inning infield single.
San Diego's (29-14-1, 15-7 WCC) Roman Garcia provided the jolt for the Toreros with a 3-for-5 day comprised of two runs and four RBIs, including a two-run homer in the third inning that started the scoring. Sprengel went 7 1/3 innings with four strikeouts to hold down the Gael offense.
Rasso provided the Gaels' spark in the fifth with a triple into right field before trotting home on a wild pitch to the next batter.
“As an offense, we never feel like any lead is too steep for us,” Rasso said. “We always keep our confidence, but when you don't see your efforts cash in, it only gets steeper and steeper.”
Rasso went 2 for 4 on the day with a run and a triple while Haus went 2 for 5 to record his eighth multi-hit game in his last 11.
The pair was just a small fraction of a handful of SMC base runners, but an on-point pitching performance from the Toreros prevented any noticeable damage.
“In those situations, we need to execute and be selfless baseball players,” Haus said. “Our mindset was try to do too much and they got the better end of it.”
The Gaels continue their series with San Diego on Saturday afternoon with a 1 p.m. start time. Tickets are available for purchase on SMCGaels.com or by calling the SMC Ticket Office at (925) 631-GoTx. Saturday's matinee will be streamed live on SMCGaels.com.
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