SURPRISE, Ariz. - With one mighty swing of the bat, Patrick Wisdom
put the Saint Mary's baseball team out front for good, 5-4. The solo home run capped three-straight run
scoring innings by the Gaels as they rallied from two down to defeat Oregon
State Thursday afternoon in the first game of the Coca-Cola College Baseball
After leading 2-0 through three innings, Oregon State (5-4)
took the lead with a four run inning.
The inning began when starter Martin Agosta hit the leadoff hitter Ryan
Barres. He moved to third on a base hit
by Michael Conforto, Agosta loaded the bases with no outs after issuing a walk
to Danny Hayes. A double down the left
field line from Kavin Keyes tied the game briefly at two. Oregon State struck for two more on a sacrifice
fly and a base hit up the middle to make it 4-2.
Saint Mary's (6-3) began chipping away at the lead with a
run in the bottom of the fifth. Ricky
Boas doubled with one out and eventually came around to score on a passed
ball. In the top of the sixth the Gaels
added another run when Collin Ferguson crushed a double to deep center field
and came around to score on a base hit from Donald Collins with two away.
With the game tied in the seventh inning Oregon State's
reliever Cole Brocker (0-1) could not keep the Gaels from retaking the
lead. With one out, Wisdom worked the
count full and smashed a pitch over the left field fence. The home run is the first of the season and
the 21st of his career. The 21 career
long balls ties Curt Cannedy (1977-78) for seventh all-time at SMC.
Patrick Keane (1-0) took the ball for the Gaels in the top
of the seventh and pitched two brilliant innings to get his first win of the season. In two innings of work he allowed just one
hit with no walks while striking out three.
Kyle Barraclough earned the rare save coming in to pitch the
top of the ninth. Things did not start
out smoothly for Barraclough as he gave up a single and a walk to put two on
with no outs. After a sacrifice bunt by
the Beavers, Barraclough settled down to record a strike out and a deep fly
ball to right field to end the game.
Saint Mary's got on the board first in the bottom of the
second Troy Channing led off with a single to left field for the first hit of
the day. He moved over to third on a
pair of ground outs by Brenden Kalfus and Collin Ferguson. Chris Murphy put the Gaels on the board with
a two out single down the left field line that scored Channing from third. After stealing second, Murphy came around to
score on the two-out double to right field from Toby DeMello.
Agosta looked sharp early for the Gaels. He faced just one over the minimum through
the first three innings, getting first pitch strikes to all but one
batter. In the fourth things unraveled
for the Gaels' ace. After the fourth
Agosta settled down and pitched two more strong innings. For the day he went six complete, allowing
five hits, four runs, all earned, with one walk and six strike outs.
Boas continues to hit well at the top of the order for SMC;
he went 2-for-4 today with his fifth double of the year. With the win SMC improves to 6-1 on the year
when they outhit their opponents. Today
the Gaels finished with five runs on eight hits, while Oregon State managed
just four runs on seven hits.
Saint Mary's returns to action tomorrow, March 2, when the
Gaels take on Saint Louis at 3:00 p.m. PST.
SMC will send out sophomore lefty Jordan Mills on the mound, Saint Louis
is scheduled to counter with right hand pitcher Alex Alemann.