SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Saint Mary's baseball team lost to
San Diego in game two of the series in a one sided affair. The Toreros pounded out 20 hits and scored 12
runs, defeating the Gaels 12-4 to even the series. The Gaels tallied seven hits on the afternoon
but couldn't get the clutch hit as they left 11 runners on base, and loaded the
bases on three separate occasions.
Saint Mary's (18-18/3-8 WCC) scored first when Donald
Collins led off the game with a triple to right field; he came around to score
on the double by Cole Norton to put SMC up 1-0.
Norton moved to third on a wild pitch by USD starter Dylan Covey
(6-2). The Gaels could not bring Norton
in however, as Covey got out of the jam getting a pop up, a strike out and a
fly ball to end the inning.
Kyle Barraclough (1-6) had a solid outing for the
Gaels. His only hiccup proved to be
costly, as the Toreros (30-9/8-3 WCC) scored four runs in the third off six
hits. For the afternoon, Barraclough
went six complete, allowing 11 hits, four runs, all earned, with two walks and
four strike outs.
USD's left fielder Lucas Hagberg led off the rally with a
single to third, he advanced to third on a double to right center by Louie
Lechich. Kris Bryant knocked in the
first run with a double to left center scoring Hagberg. Both runners came in on a double down the
right field line by Andrew Daniel. After
an infield single by USD, A.J. Robinson singled up the middle to score Daniel
In the top of the fourth the Gaels scored a pair of runs to
cut the San Diego lead to one. Chris
Murphy walked with one out to start the rally.
He moved to third on the single through the right side by Brenden Kalfus. Toby DeMello singled through the left side
scoring Murphy and moving Kalfus to third.
After a strike out, Collins walked to load the bases with two outs for
Cole Norton, who got the RBI the easy way drawing a walk. Covey got Ferguson to fly out to center field
to strand the tying run at third.
Covey went six complete, allowing four hits, three runs, all
earned, with five walks and seven strike outs in 111 pitches.
In the seventh inning the Toreros put the game away, scoring
eight runs on eight hits to go up 12-3.
Saint Mary's used three pitchers that inning as the usually lights out
bull pen had an off day. Ryan Brockett
and Thomas Cortese could not record an out, as they combined to allow six hits,
six runs. Brad Nease finished out the
inning, but still allowed two runs off two hits.
Collins and Kalfus were the only two Gaels to record
multiple hits on the afternoon. Collins
went 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Kalfus went 2-for-4 with a run
scored. DeMello went 1-for-3 with an RBI
and threw out another base runner attempting to steal. Nick Rosso went 1-for-1 on the day, scoring a
run in the top of the ninth. He led off
the inning with a base hit up the middle and scored on a fielder choice by
The Gaels and Toreros will play the rubber match tomorrow at
1:00 p.m., at Cunningham Stadium. The Gaels
will send sophomore lefty Ben Griset to the mound, while USD will counter with
righty Paul Sewald.