HONOLULU, Hawaii. - The Saint Mary's baseball team scored three, first-inning runs, but dropped a 7-5 decision to Hawaii on Saturday night at Les Murakami Stadium. With the loss, Saint Mary's drops to 15-17, while Hawaii improves to 21-13.
The Gaels would load the bases in the ninth after a Brendan Kalfus home run to right field to pull SMC within 7-5. With one out, Greg Ditmer had a pinch-hit single, to give SMC a chance to bring the tying run to the plate. Collin Ferguson singled with two outs, bringing up Patrick Wisdom with the tying runs on base. Wisdom drew a walk to load the bases for Shawn O'Brien. O'Brien hit the first pitch to center field but UH was there to record the final out.
Kalfus finished the day going 2-for-4 with two RBI, including his second home run of the year. Wisdom also went 2-for-4 with a double. O'Brien had the big hit in the first-inning and finished the game with two RBI.
Ben Griset took the loss, going 6.1 innings, allowing nine hits and five runs, but only two earned runs. Ryan Brockett went 0.2 innings of work giving up two runs (one earned). Thomas Cortese pitched a scoreless eighth inning.
In the first inning, the Gaels loaded the bases with no outs with the help of two UH errors. O'Brien had the big hit with a two-RBI double, while Murphy also added an RBI and the Gaels led 3-0 in their first at-bat.
UH responded with three runs in the bottom half of the first inning as Colin Bennett had a two-RBI triple and Breland Almadova hit a ground-rule double to tie the game up at 3-3.
After UH took the lead 4-3 in the third, SMC punched back with a run in the fourth as Brendan Kalfus hit an RBI double to tie the game up at 4-4.
Hawaii broke through with three runs in the seventh inning, aided by an SMC error as UH led 7-4 through seven innings.
In the SMC eighth inning, the Gaels got Wisdom and Murphy on base, bringing the potential tying run to the plate but UH got out of the inning on a fielder's choice.
Saint Mary's and Hawaii play a doubleheader on Sunday. First pitch of the first game is set for 2:05 p.m. in Honolulu.