MORAGA, Calif. – Saint Mary’s entered the game against Santa Clara needing the last of their trio of aces to throw a shut down performance, and that is just what junior Kyle Barraclough gave Gaels, as SMC avoided the sweep at home to the Broncos, winning game three 8-3 Sunday afternoon at Louis Guisto Field.
Barraclough (4-3) the artist of a four game winning streak, was masterful on the hill today. In his first two innings he threw just one ball, as he retired six-straight to begin the game. After a two-run top of the third, he went back into full on shutdown mode limiting the Broncos to three runs over eight innings. Barraclough was living on the black all afternoon as he struck out seven batters. His line for the day was eight complete, six hits, three runs, two earned, with two walks and seven strike outs.
Saint Mary’s (15-16/3-2 WCC) responded to the quick work by Barraclough by establishing the small ball and scoring two runs in the first two innings. Freshman Richard Boas got the Gaels on the board with some veteran base running. Boas led off the game with a five-pitch walk, he moved over to second on the base-hit bunt by Justin Fazio , Boas then stole third and scored in the foul-pop sac-fly from Brenden Kalfus . SMC added a run in the second when Patrick Wisdom scored on a textbook suicide squeeze from catcher Toby DeMello .
Santa Clara’s (14-18/2-4 WCC) starter Powell Fansler (3-2) did his job early keeping the Gaels out of a rhythm, but Powell had no answer for Boas, DeMello and Fazio. In the bottom of the fifth with two outs and two strikes Boas knocked a clutch base-hit to shallow left field that scored DeMello from third. DeMello ended up at third after a failed pick-off attempt advanced the catcher two bases. Fazio followed that at bat with a two-out double to deep left center that scored Melgosa from second and Boast from first. That ended the day for Fansler who went 4.2 innings, allowing five hits, five runs, three earned, with a walk and two strike outs.
Santa Clara added a run in the seventh, after James Looney led off the inning with a double down the left field line past a diving Wisdom. He later came around to score on an error by Channing in a squeeze attempt by SCU. The Broncos kept the threat alive by loading the bases with two outs before Barraclough caught Kyle DeMerritt looking on strike three to end the inning.
The Gaels added three runs in the seventh when DeMello led off the frame with a double down the line. Michael Gastelum placed a picturesque sacrifice bunt, an error by the Santa Clara pitcher allowed DeMello to score and Gastelum to move advance to second. Shawn O’Brien scored Gastelum on O’Brien’s fifth pinch hit single of the year. O’Brien later came around to score the third and final run of the inning on a two-out single up the middle from Troy Channing .
Saint Mary’s returns to action on Thursday, April 21 when the Gaels head back on the road to play a three game series against Gonzaga at the Patterson Complex in Spokane, Washington. First pitch for Thursday’s game is slated for 6:00 PM.