With the loss, Saint Mary’s drops to 17-27, while Stanford improves to 24-15.
The Gaels got in trouble early and could not recover as the Cardinal scored five times in the first inning and four more times in the third to take an early 9-0 lead.
The Gaels scored their lone run in the fourth inning as Darian Ramage drew a bases loaded walk for an RBI.
Kalfus extended his hitting streak in the first inning with a single to center field. The Gaels used 13 position players and five pitchers. Kelsey Outram (1-6) took the loss while Gary Cornish saw 2.2 innings of relief. Jacob Valdez had an impressive night out of the bullpen, going 4.1 innings, allowing three hits and no runs. Thomas Cortese and Anthony Gonsolin finished off the eighth.
Saint Mary’s had five hits as a team as Kalfus, Anthony Villa, Shawn O’Brien, Trevor Ellison and Ricky Boas had hits. SMC stranded 11 runners on base.
Saint Mary’s is back in action on Friday when it hosts San Diego at 3:00 p.m. The Gaels are in the WCC Tournament mix and are looking for a good showing against the Toreros in SMC’s final WCC home stand of the year.