MORAGA, Calif. - The Saint Mary's baseball team came up short in its bid to win the series against Utah Valley, falling by a 6-3 score on Sunday afternoon at Louis Guisto Field.
The Gaels pounded out 12 hits on the afternoon, outhitting UVU, but could not come up with the key hits late. The Gaels loaded the bases in the seventh inning but could not push across the key runs.
DonAndre Clark had a career-high four hits, while Brenden Kalfus, Anthony Villa and Shawn O'Brien had two hits apiece. The Gaels did a good job of hitting with two outs, getting RBI from Kalfus, Villa and Collin Ferguson.
Ryan Brockett (1-3) took the loss for the Gaels, running into some tough luck. He went 4.2 innings, allowed five hits and four runs, but just one of the runs were earned. He struck out four and walked one. Tanner Kichler, Jacob Valdez, Thomas Cortese and Gary Cornish all saw action in relief.
The winning pitcher went to Adam Gunn (2-3). The Gaels got 10 hits off Gunn, but only three runs. Tory Ulibarri recorded the final out for the save.
Saint Mary's started things off right with two runs in the first inning on RBI from Villa and Ferguson, both coming with two outs. Down 2-1, UVU scored three runs in the fifth to take the lead and never give it back. The Gaels got one run back in the bottom of the fifth, but UVU added insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings.
SMC is back in action on Tuesday when it hosts Sacramento State at 3:00 p.m. This will be the final home game for the Gaels before opening up WCC play against Loyola Marymount.