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
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
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.