MORAGA, Calif. – The Saint Mary’s baseball team jumped out to an early lead but dropped a 6-3 decision to San Diego on Saturday afternoon at Louis Guisto Field.
With the loss, Saint Mary’s drops to 17-29, 8-9 West Coast Conference, while San Diego improves to 28-17, 12-8 WCC.
The day started great for the Gaels as Brenden Kalfus drilled an 0-1 pitch over the left center wall to give the Gaels a 2-0 lead in the first inning. The hit also extended Kalfus’ hitting streak to 28-games.
USD starter PJ Conlon (8-0) calmed down and got into a groove, pitching into the seventh inning. SMC starter Jordan Mills was equally as strong, going 7.0 innings, allowing five hits, two runs, no earned runs, one walk and striking out four.
With the score all tied up at 2-2 in the eighth, USD took advantage of four hit batsmen in the eighth to plate two runs and take a 4-2 lead.
In the bottom of the eighth, USD used four pitchers as the Gaels loaded the bases. SMC scored one run on an infield RBI single by Anthony Villa. The Gaels could not get the potential tying run home in the eighth unfortunately as USD held a 4-3 lead after eight.
USD’s Kris Bryant hit a two-run home run in the ninth to give the Toreros breathing room at 6-3, which ended up as the final.
Saint Mary’s and San Diego square off on Sunday in the series finale. First pitch is set for 12:00 p.m. at Louis Guisto Field. SMC’s eight seniors will be recognized in a short ceremony before first pitch.