SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Saint Mary's baseball team took game one of the three-game series against the 19th ranked San Diego team. The Gaels blasted the Toreros for seven runs on 10 hits and got another superb pitching performance from ace Martin Agosta.
Saint Mary's (18-17/3-7 WCC) struck first scoring a run in the top of the first inning when San Diego's (29-9/7-3 WCC) starter Calvin Drummond (7-3) walked Cole Norton and Patrick Wisdom with one out. Shawn O'Brien made him pay, knocking a 1-2 pitch to center field to score Norton from second.
Agosta (6-2) took the ball for the Gaels and worked quickly in the bottom of the first, needing 17 pitches to get through the frame, surrendering a one out single. For the afternoon, Agosta needed 114 pitches to go seven complete innings, scattering eight hits, one unearned run, with four walks and four strike outs.
In the top of the fourth inning the Gaels chased Drummond out of the game. Wisdom led off the inning with a walk, he moved to third on the hit to right field by O'Brien. Chris Murphy got hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Brenden Kalfus keeps heating up for the Gaels, hitting a ball to right field scoring Wisdom and O'Brien. Murphy came around to score on the sacrifice bunt by Ricky Boas that scored Murphy from third.
Drummond lasted just 3.2 innings, surrendering four hits, four runs, three earned, with four walks and five strike outs in 94 pitches. The Toreros used four more pitchers on the day, with Max MacNabb doing most of the heaving lifting going 3.1 innings.
SMC kept up the pressure scoring a run in the fifth and two in the ninth. USD scored a run in the bottom of the seventh when Louie Lechich singled with two outs; he moved over to third on a double by Kris Bryant and scored on an error by Kalfus.
Patrick Keane was lights out for Saint Mary's. He entered the game in the bottom of the eighth and retired all six batters he faced to finish the game.
O'Brien had an impressive day at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a run scored and two runs driven in. He was joined by Murphy and Kalfus as Gaels with multiple-hit games. Collin Ferguson and Wisdom had the other hits.
The Gaels return to action tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. when the Gaels send Kyle Barraclough to the mound to try for the series clinching win.