SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Saint Mary's baseball team lost to San Diego in game two of the series in a one sided affair. The Toreros pounded out 20 hits and scored 12 runs, defeating the Gaels 12-4 to even the series. The Gaels tallied seven hits on the afternoon but couldn't get the clutch hit as they left 11 runners on base, and loaded the bases on three separate occasions.
Saint Mary's (18-18/3-8 WCC) scored first when Donald Collins led off the game with a triple to right field; he came around to score on the double by Cole Norton to put SMC up 1-0. Norton moved to third on a wild pitch by USD starter Dylan Covey (6-2). The Gaels could not bring Norton in however, as Covey got out of the jam getting a pop up, a strike out and a fly ball to end the inning.
Kyle Barraclough (1-6) had a solid outing for the Gaels. His only hiccup proved to be costly, as the Toreros (30-9/8-3 WCC) scored four runs in the third off six hits. For the afternoon, Barraclough went six complete, allowing 11 hits, four runs, all earned, with two walks and four strike outs.
USD's left fielder Lucas Hagberg led off the rally with a single to third, he advanced to third on a double to right center by Louie Lechich. Kris Bryant knocked in the first run with a double to left center scoring Hagberg. Both runners came in on a double down the right field line by Andrew Daniel. After an infield single by USD, A.J. Robinson singled up the middle to score Daniel from third.
In the top of the fourth the Gaels scored a pair of runs to cut the San Diego lead to one. Chris Murphy walked with one out to start the rally. He moved to third on the single through the right side by Brenden Kalfus. Toby DeMello singled through the left side scoring Murphy and moving Kalfus to third. After a strike out, Collins walked to load the bases with two outs for Cole Norton, who got the RBI the easy way drawing a walk. Covey got Ferguson to fly out to center field to strand the tying run at third.
Covey went six complete, allowing four hits, three runs, all earned, with five walks and seven strike outs in 111 pitches.
In the seventh inning the Toreros put the game away, scoring eight runs on eight hits to go up 12-3. Saint Mary's used three pitchers that inning as the usually lights out bull pen had an off day. Ryan Brockett and Thomas Cortese could not record an out, as they combined to allow six hits, six runs. Brad Nease finished out the inning, but still allowed two runs off two hits.
Collins and Kalfus were the only two Gaels to record multiple hits on the afternoon. Collins went 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Kalfus went 2-for-4 with a run scored. DeMello went 1-for-3 with an RBI and threw out another base runner attempting to steal. Nick Rosso went 1-for-1 on the day, scoring a run in the top of the ninth. He led off the inning with a base hit up the middle and scored on a fielder choice by Patrick Wisdom.
The Gaels and Toreros will play the rubber match tomorrow at 1:00 p.m., at Cunningham Stadium. The Gaels will send sophomore lefty Ben Griset to the mound, while USD will counter with righty Paul Sewald.