RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Mark Anderson was once again an imposing figure on the mound for the Gaels. The junior from Tempe, Arizona improved to 3-1 on the year after going seven complete, while keeping the UC Riverside bats quiet as SMC tallied their second shutout victory of the season, winning 2-0 on Friday evening at Riverside Sports Complex.
Anderson combined with Dorsey Ek and Thomas Cortese to stymie the Highlanders for nine shutout innings. Anderson was sharp from the beginning, breezing through the first three innings before giving up his first hit of the evening in the bottom of the fourth. His line for the night included seven shutout innings, scattering three hits, walking three while striking out five.
“Mark Anderson once again was very good,” said head coach Jedd Soto. “The bullpen was very good, Dorsey Ek and Thomas Cortese pitched two shut down innings. Defensively we played outstanding, turned some clutch double plays. The offense did very well tonight as well. They were very aggressive worked the count, put pressure on them the entire game.”
Through five starts, Anderson’s ERA now stands at 1.95 and leads the team with 19 strike outs. The Gaels pitching staff as a whole has been impressive this spring, after the shutout the combined ERA for the pitching staff stands at 2.82.
Saint Mary’s (4-9) got on the board in the top of the first when Justin Fazio scored from second on a ground ball up the middle from Patrick Wisdom. That was all the Gaels would need on the evening, however they added an insurance run in the top of the sixth when Donald Collins tallied his first hit of the year, then stole second and came around to score on the single down the left field line from Fazio.
On the mound for the Highlanders (8-7) was right hand pitcher Matt Andriese (0-2) who was equally sharp on the evening. Andriese went eight complete, surrendering nine hits, two earned runs, one walk while striking out 11.
In the bottom of the eighth senior reliever Dorsey Ek took the ball from Anderson and threw a perfect 1-2-3 inning. In the bottom of the ninth the Gaels turned the ball over to freshman reliever Thomas Cortese. Cortese allowed one hit, but recorded the three out save, while striking out one. It is the first career save for Cortese.
SMC had a parade of hits on the evening, Fazio and Wisdom led the team both going 2-for-4. Troy Channing and Michael Gastelum both went 1-for-4, while Greg Ditmer, Brenden Kalfus and Collins all went 1-for-3.
Defensively, the Gaels solid glove work continued. SMC turned two double plays on the evening. Toby DeMello threw out his sixth base runner of the year. In 13 games he has thrown out or picked off 12 total base runners.
Saint Mary’s returns to action tomorrow at 2:00 PM, weather permitting the Gaels will try and get a double-header in tomorrow, with the second game starting a half hour after the first games completion. On the mound for SMC in game one is sophomore Martin Agosta, he will face RHP Matt Larkins.
BSB: Mark Anderson Masterful In Gaels Win Over UC Riverside