SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Saint Mary's baseball team took the
series opener against San Diego State, 6-3, on Friday night on the strength of
Martin Agosta's right arm and clutch hitting.
The Gaels (9-5) improve to 9-1 when out hitting their opponent as they recorded
nine hits while holding the Aztecs to seven hits.
Agosta (2-0) had one of his strongest outings of the season,
going seven complete, scattering six hits, surrendering two runs, one earned,
with two walks and four strike outs. In
the bottom of the first inning, San Diego State led off the game with a double
by Greg Allen, he scored on a sacrifice fly by Smith. After that Agosta retired eight in a
SDSU's starter Michael Cederoth did his part, keeping the
Gaels offense quiet for five plus innings.
In the top off the sixth Saint Mary's busted through in a big way. Ricky Boas led off the inning with an infield
single, he moved to second on a wild pitch.
Donald Collins moved him to third on an infield single. Troy Channing loaded the bases when he received
a free pass. Collin Ferguson ended
Cederoth's day when he knocked a two run single to left field that scored Boas
Cederoth's line for the evening was five innings pitched,
allowing four hits, two runs, both earned, with three walks and six strike
outs. Cederoth started the game retiring
nine batters in a row before Boas led off the top of the fourth with a walk.
San Diego State tied the game up in the bottom of the
sixth. After getting two quick outs,
Agosta surrendered a single up the middle to Cody Smith. After a failed pick-off attempt, Smith moved
to third on an error by Agosta. Jake
Romanski briefly tied the game up a single to short scoring Smith from third.
In the top of the eighth Saint Mary's took the lead for good
when Ferguson led off the rally with a single to left field. Patrick Wisdom walked to put two runners
on. After Brenden Kalfus flied out
center field Chris Murphy came in the clutch and tripled to right center
scoring Ferguson and Wisdom. Murphy came
around to score on an error by Aztecs left fielder Tim Zier.
In the top of the sixth, the Aztecs turned the ball over to
relief pitcher Ethan Miller (0-1) who got SDSU out of the jam in the sixth
inning, however he would go on to allow the winning rally in the eight. Miller went 3.1 innings pitched, surrendering
five hits, four runs, three earned with two walks and four strike outs.
Patrick Keane earned his first save of the year for SMC. He came into the game in the bottom of the eight
after Agosta allowed a lead-off single.
Keane got the shut down inning for the Gaels and pitched around an
unearned run in the ninth to close out for Saint Mary's. For the evening, Keane went 2.0 complete,
scattering one hit, one run with a walk and two strike outs.
Offensively, SMC did a great job in the later innings
hitting with runners on, Saint Mary's went 6-for-17 (.353) with runners on
base, they hit even better with runners in scoring position going 5-for-14
(.357). Boas led the charge for SMC, he
went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and his sixth stolen base, and it was his
sixth multi-hit game of the year which leads the team. Channing tallied his fifth multi-hit game
going 2-for-4 with his team leading 11th RBI. Murphy went 1-for-3 with a triple and two
RBI. Murphy now has nine RBI on the year;
he had eight all of last season.
Ferguson stays red hot, going 2-for-5 with a run scored and two driven
in. Ferguson is now hitting a
team-leading .429 in 11 games played this season.
Saint Mary's returns to action tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. at Tony
Gwynn Stadium for game two of the series.
Kyle Barraclough will take the ball for SMC, while the Aztecs will
counter with Travis Pitcher.