SACRMENTO, Calif. - The Saint Mary's baseball team continues to pitch well and get timely hitting, as the Gaels (4-0) defeated Sacramento State (1-3) 7-2 at John Smith Field on Monday afternoon. Ben Griset pitched seven strong innings, while Troy Channing continues to swing a hot bat.
Griset (1-0) earned his first collegiate win, going seven complete innings. In doing so, he becomes the fourth-straight Gael starter to throw a quality start. For the day, he went seven complete, scattering four hits, one earned run, with three walks and seven strike outs.
Sacramento State's starter Ty Nichols (0-1) looked unhittable to start, retiring the first six batters he faced. Chris Murphy broke up his no-hit bid leading off the third inning with a single up the middle, after he was picked off at first Nichols got the next two Gaels to down quietly, facing the minimum through three.
In the top of the fourth however, things unraveled for Sacramento State, as SMC led off the inning with three-straight hits to load the bases. After getting Brenden Kalfus to strike out, Troy Channing cleared the bases with the first of his two doubles. Channing later came around to score on a base hit by Murphy to hang a four spot on the Hornets starter who couldn't escape the fourth inning. For the day Nichols went 3.2 innings, allowing six hits, four runs, all earned, with no walks and three strike outs.
In the bottom half of the inning the Hornets responded, when second baseman Will Soto led off the inning with a walk. He eventually came around to score on a base hit by right fielder Kyle Moses.
SMC put the game away with a three run inning in the top of the sixth; Channing knocked in a run and scored a run in the inning. For the day Channing was 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBI. Murphy joined him as the other SMC hitter to collect multiple hits and RBI's, he finished the day going 2-for-4 with two runs driven in.
All told, seven Gaels collected hits on the day. Ricky Boas went 1-for-3 with a run scored, Cole Norton went 1-for-4 with a run scored, Kalfus went 1-for-4 with a run scored and Riley Heinzer went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Sophomore Ryan Brocket made his 2012 debut on the bump. He finished the game after a shaky eighth inning in which he allowed a run. For the day he went 2.0 complete innings, allowing five hits, one earned run.
With the win the Gaels improve to 4-0 for the first time
since 1977. Saint Mary's returns to
action on Thursday when it hosts BYU for a three game series starting Thursday
at 2:00 p.m. at Louis Guisto Field.