MORAGA, Calif. - The Saint Mary's baseball team could not
come back from an early 5-1 deficit, as they feel to Gonzaga 7-5 in the series
finale Sunday afternoon at Louis Guisto Field.
Saint Mary's (22-23/6-12 WCC) outhit Gonzaga (29-17/9-9 WCC)
however, they could not take advantage of runners in scoring position, hitting
just .222 going 4-for-18 in those situations.
The Bulldogs on the other hand hit .353 with runners in scoring position
In the top of the first inning Jordan Mills (4-4) fell
victim of the unusually live yard to left field. He surrendered a lead-off double to shortstop
Steven Halcomb, he came around to score when right fielder Royce Bolinger
clubbed a home run over the left field fence, only the second home run of the
season to go that direction. Mills
settled down however and got starter Andy Hunter to ground out to short on a
nice play by Ricky Boas.
In the bottom of the first inning the Gaels didn't take long
to score their first run. Donald Collins
led off the inning with a double to left center, one pitch later Cole Norton
followed suit smashing a ball in the same location to score Collins.
The Bulldogs rallied back for two more in the second inning,
Brock Slavin led off the inning with a six pitch walk, he moved over to second
when Mills hit Alex Bonczyk. Mitchell
Gunsolus singled up the middle that scored Slavin and moved Bonczyk to third,
who came around to score on a balk.
Marco Gonzales single to center field with two outs scored Gunsolus for
the third run of the inning.
Once again the Gaels responded, Chris Murphy led off the
second inning with his fourth double of the season, a ball that bounced off the
top of the wall down the right field line.
Murphy came around to score on a one out base hit up the middle by Ricky
Saint Mary's scored for the third consecutive inning when
Ferguson and Wisdom led off with back-to-back singles. With two outs, Murphy clubbed his second double
of the day, a shot down the right field line that scored both runners. The two RBI's were Murphy's 26th
of the season, and 16th two-out RBI's of the season.
In the top of the fourth inning Mills walked back-to-back
hitters to end his day. Head coach Jedd
Soto handed the ball off to reliever Patrick Keane. After a bunt fell for a base hit, the
Bulldogs loaded the bases but could only score one run on an infield single to
Mills went 3.0 innings pitched, allowing four hits, six
runs, all earned, three walks and four strike outs.
In the fourth inning the Gaels kept up the offensive
display, Collins led off the rally with a double down the left field line and
scored on the single up the middle from Fergusson, all this coming off new
Gonzaga pitcher Derek Callahan (3-1), who replaced Hunter to start the bottom
of the fourth. Hunter went 3.0 innings,
allowing seven hits, four runs, all earned, with one walk and a strike out. Callahan earned the win, going 1.2 innings,
allowing three hits, a run, with no walks and two strike outs.
In the top of the seventh the Bulldogs added an insurance run,
but Keane limited the damage. He was
lifted in favor of Ben Griset. Keane
went 4.0 complete, allowing four hits, one earned run with a walk and two
Gonzaga's third relief pitcher of the afternoon, Kenny
Smith, earned his first save of the season, going 4.1 innings, allowing one hit
with two walks and a strike out.
The Gaels will return to action on Tuesday, when they travel
to Sacramento to play the Hornets at Hornet Stadium.