SURPRISE, Ariz. - The Saint Mary's baseball team needed extra innings to get the job done on Sunday. In the end the Gaels (8-4) defeated No. 11 Arizona State (8-2) 4-3 in the finale of the Coca-Cola College Baseball Classic in Surprise, Ariz. With the win the Gaels went 3-1 in the tournament.
Patrick Keane (2-0) pitched 5.2 innings in relief to get his second win of the season. The junior righty was sharp, allowing just two hits with four strike outs while walking five, three of them intentionally to earn the win.
Taking the loss for the Sun Devils was Baseball America Pre-Season All-American Jake Barrett (0-1) who pitched two innings, allowing two hits, one earned run with two strike outs and a walk. The triple to Murphy proving costly.
"I'm proud of the guys," said head coach Jedd Soto. "Every day it was a team effort. We needed every guy on our roster to compete down here. These student-athletes were relentless."
The rally in the 11th would never have happened if not for a game saving double play started by Keane. In the bottom of the ninth Keane served up a one out triple to Joey DeMichele. After walking the bases loaded intentionally, Keane got ASU's designated hitter Rouric Bridgewater to hit into the inning ending 1-2-3 double play.
The Gaels tied the game up in the top of the sixth inning when Patrick Wisdom led off the inning with a double down the right field line. After stealing third, Wisdom scored on a base hit by red-hot Troy Channing. Channing advanced to third on a base hit by freshman Collin Ferguson who also had a career-day. Kalfus knocked in Channing with a sacrifice fly to right field to tie the game at three.
Channing was a perfect 4-for-4 on the day with two runs scored and a run driven in. Ferguson went 3-for-4 with a walk. Murphy finished the day going 1-for-4 with a run scored and a run driven in.
Kyle Barraclough started the game for Saint Mary's, he went 5.1 innings pitched, allowing seven hits, three runs, all earned with six walks and five strike outs. ASU countered with Darin Gillies who went 4.0 innings, allowing three hits, one earned run, with two walks and four strike outs.
The Sun Devils left 16 runners on base while the Gaels capitalized, scoring four runs on 11 hits. SMC improves to 7-1 when outhitting their opponent.
Saint Mary's returns to action facing yet another ranked Pac-12 foe on Tuesday. The Gaels host No.1 Stanford at 2:00 p.m. at the new Louis Guisto Field.