RENO, Nev. –Brenden Kalfus set the West Coast Conference hitting streak record as the Saint Mary’s baseball team defeated Nevada 5-2 on Tuesday afternoon in Reno.
With the win, Saint Mary’s improves to 19-29, while Nevada drops to 24-24.
In the fifth inning with the Gaels up 3-0, Kalfus led off the frame with a single up the middle, resulting in the 30-game hitting streak, breaking the previous mark of 29, which Kalfus tied on Sunday against San Diego.
Christopher Akmon and Darian Ramage would go on to have RBI in the fifth, lifting the Gaels to the 5-0 lead.
The Gaels took advantage of a Nevada error in the three-run fourth inning. Kalfus led off and reached on the error, followed by a Collin Ferguson hit. Akmon swung first-pitch for a single, scoring Kalfus. Ricky Boas added a two-out RBI single to give the Gaels the 3-0 lead in the fourth.
On the mound, Jacob Valdez (1-0) earned the win, his first collegiate victory. Valdez was the second of three consecutive freshmen to take the mound. Gary Cornish got the start while Anthony Gonsolin hurled two shutout innings after Valdez. The three freshmen combined to hurl 6.0 innings, allowing just one hit and striking out six.
Patrick Keane pitched a perfect ninth to record his seventh save of the season. Keane is SMC’s all-time career-saves leader with 18.
Saint Mary’s is back in action on Friday when it takes on Pepperdine in Malibu. First pitch on Friday is set for 3:00 p.m.