STANFORD, Calif. – Going into the top of the seventh the game between Saint Mary’s and No. 11 Stanford looked all but over, with SMC trailing 10-2. The Gaels had other ideas, rallying for seven runs off five hits to cut the Stanford lead to one. Unfortunately, SMC could not get the shut down inning they desperately needed, as Stanford rallied for six runs on five hits to put the game away. Stanford hung on from there, defeating the Gaels by a final score of 16-14 Tuesday evening at the Sunken Diamond.
The furious attempt at a comeback by Saint Mary’s (9-12) started in the top of the seventh when the first three batters reached safely. The Gaels used four pinch hitters in the inning. Greg Ditmer, Markus Melgosa, Patrick Wisdom, Chris Murphy, and Riley Heinzer all had run scoring hits.
In the home half of the seventh, Stanford (11-6) looked like it had put the game out of reach once again, scoring six runs off a bases clearing double and a three run home run.
In the top of the ninth, the Gaels went back to work, scoring five runs on four hits. The Gaels were aided by several defensive miscues by the Cardinal, who tallied six errors on the night. With two runners on and the Gaels down by two Stanford’s Scott Snodgress finally stopped the bleeding, getting a strike out to end the game. Snodgress pitched 0.2 of an inning giving up one hit while recording his second save of the year.
Freshman Jordan Mills (0-3) took the ball for the Gaels to start, the 6-5 lefty surrendered three hits, three runs, two earned in his lone inning. The Gaels defense put him in a tough spot early, dropping a pop up and failing to catch a ball on a tailor made double play putting runners at second and third with no outs for Stanford.
Mills was one of six pitchers on the evening, as SMC’s staff allowed 16 runs, 12 earned, with six walks and six strike outs.
Stanford countered with five pitchers, getting the win was starter Danny Sandbrink (1-0) who threw three no-hit innings shutting down the Gaels. His bullpen did not have the same luck, as SMC scored all 14 of their runs after the third, 12 coming after the seventh.
Patrick Wisdom had a strong night for the Gaels, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two driven in. Greg Ditmer went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a run driven in, all after coming into the game in the sixth inning. On the evening, nine Gaels collected hits, including shortstop Michael Gastelum who went 1-for-1 to extend his hitting streak to a team-high nine games.
Saint Mary’s returns to action on Thursday, when they take on Southern Utah for a three game series in Cedar City, Utah. Game one of the series is scheduled for a 3:00 PM start.