SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Gaels young arms continue to impress as Saint Mary's notched the first win of the season, a 2-1 victory in extra innings over Sacramento State at John Smith Field Tuesday afternoon. SMC used six pitchers, limiting the Hornets to one run and seven hits in 11 innings.
In the top of the 11th Toby DeMello crushed a double to the fence down the left field line, he moved over on a single from Michael Gastelum. DeMello scored the go ahead run on the ground ball to third from Donald Collins. DeMello remains red-hot for the Gaels out of the gate, going 2-for-4 today, after going 3-for-3 yesterday; he also showed off his strong throwing arm, throwing out two would be base stealers in the bottom of the third.
Taking the ball for Saint Mary's (1-2) and making their Gaels debut was a trio of freshman, Brad Nease, Kurt Jahnke and Ben Griset. Nease started the games and pitched two complete innings, allowing one hit, one walk with a strikeout.
Jahnke was sharp in his first three innings, facing just one over the minimum, in the fourth and fifth inning he set the Hornets down in order. In the bottom of the sixth Jahnke got into trouble, loading the bases and issuing the tying run after hitting a batter.
Griset came into the game for Jahnke, with the precarious position of stopping the Hornets rally. With the bases loaded, Griset got Sacramento State's Derek Goodwin to ground into the 1-2-3 double play. Griset followed that up inducing the inning ending foul out near first base.
The win went to the freshman Thomas Cortese (1-0) who picked up his first career victory, going 2.1 innings while limiting the Hornets to two hits, no runs, while issuing no walks and striking out three.
Taking the loss for Sacramento State (2-2) was reliever James Chamberline (0-1) who came into the game in the top of the eighth. Chamberline went four complete, scattering four hits, one earned run, while striking out two.
The Gaels scored the first run in the top of the second when Brenden Kalfus ripped a triple down the right field line, he came around to score on the ground ball to first off the bat of sophomore Shawn O'Brien.
Starting for Sacramento State was Karl Mass who pitched 7.0 innings, three hits allowed, one earned run, no walks and two strike outs.
In the bottom of the eighth Sacramento State started a two
out rally, loading the bases after the Gaels recorded two quick outs.
In the bottom of the 11th senior closer Dorsey Ek came into the game. Ek gave up two quick base hits, but kept his composure and got the final three outs for his first save of the season.
Saint Mary's returns to action on Friday, February 25, when the Gaels travel to Eugene, Oregon to play a three game series against the host Ducks at PK Park, the game is slated for a 5:00 PM first pitch.