With the win, Saint Mary’s improves to 12-25, 3-7 West Coast Conference, while Portland drops to 13-25, 5-8 WCC.
In the bottom of the 10th with the score knotted at 3-3, DonAndre Clark led off with a single and advanced to second on Markus Melgosa’s sac bunt. Brenden Kalfus was intentionally walked to put two on with one out. After the next hitter struck out, O’Brien lined a single to left field and Clark raced around to score from second base with the winning run.
Melgosa had three hits in the game, raising his average to a .382 clip. He now leads the team in hitting, while teammate Kalfus is at .371, leading the WCC in batting average. At this point, Melgosa does not have enough plate appearances per game to qualify for the title. Kalfus singled in the sixth inning, extending his hitting streak to 19 games.
O’Brien and Collin Ferguson had two hits each and an RBI apiece. Connor Hornsby also added an RBI in the game.
Gary Cornish (2-4) earned the win out of the bullpen. Cornish pitched a perfect ninth and tenth inning for SMC. Ben Griset was the starter and went eight innings, allowing 12 hits and three runs, walking none and striking out five.
Portland started Billy Sahlinger and he recorded a no decision. Colin Feldtman was strong in relief, going 4.1 innings, allowing three hits and the one run in the 10th.
SMC never trailed in the game, but saw UP erase a 3-1 SMC lead in the sixth. Portland scored single runs in the seventh and eighth to tie the game, before the Gaels walked off in the 10th.
Saint Mary’s is back in action on Saturday when it hosts Portland in game two. First pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m. at Louis Guisto Field.