MALIBU, Calif. –The Saint Mary’s baseball team scored the go-ahead run in the 10th inning on a balk as the Gaels defeated the Waves 3-2 in extra frames on Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field.
With the win, Saint Mary’s improves to 20-30, 10-10 West Coast Conference, while Pepperdine drops to 24-22, 10-10 WCC.
With one out in the 10th, Cole Norton walked and Markus Melgosa singled to put runners on the corners. Pepperdine then committed a balk, allowing each runner to move up 90 feet and Norton to score and give the Gaels a 3-2 lead which SMC ended up winning by the same score.
With two outs in the fifth, Norton walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Norton would come around and score on Melgosa’s double to give SMC a 1-0 lead. Brenden Kalfus followed, swinging first pitch and doubled down the right field line for an RBI and the Gaels led 2-0. The fifth inning hit was one of two hits for Kalfus on the day as the senior extended his hitting streak to 32 games.
SMC could not get the shutdown inning in the bottom half, as the Waves scored twice to tie up the game at 2-2.
Patrick Keane (2-5) earned the win out of the bullpen, going 5.0 innings, allowing three hits, no runs, one walk and four strikeouts. He threw 75 pitches, 49 for strikes. Starter Jordan Mills also went 5.0 innings, giving up two runs on five hits. He threw 94 pitches, 58 for strikes.
Michael Swanner (1-1) took the loss for the Waves.
Kalfus, Melgosa and Norton had multi-hit games for SMC.
Saint Mary’s and Pepperdine square off in the series finale on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in Malibu.