Saint Mary’s (10-12) has now won five of their last six games, today they did so after collecting 10 runs on 14 hits. Channing entered the seventh inning at bat needing to reach safely to keep his streak of consecutive games reaching base safely intact, it currently stands at a season-high 11 games.
Anderson (5-1) threw his sixth quality start of the year, going seven complete, scattering five hits, three runs, two earned, with two walks and five strike outs. The lone blemish of his afternoon was a solo home run in the bottom of the second to Southern Utah’s (11-12) first baseman Mitchell Kauweloa.
SMC got on the board first, scoring two in the top of the second. Brenden Kalfus led off the inning roping a base hit center field, Patrick Wisdom followed that up with a walk, putting two runners on with no outs. Richard Boas dropped down a sacrifice bunt moving both runners up 90 feet. Kalfus scored on a passed ball, Wisdom moved to third. DeMello singled to score Wisdom.
The Thuderbirds handed the ball off to lefty James Crockett (1-5) who managed to go six innings, surrendering eight hits, six runs, four earned, with two walks and eight strike outs. The Gaels improved to 2-2 on the year against a left handed pitcher.
Freshman lefty Jordan Mills came into the game for the Gaels in the eighth, making his second appearance in three days. He finished the game going two innings, allowing four hits, two runs, two earned, with two walks and four strike outs.
Kalfus had a monster day at the plate, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored. Wisdom finished the day going 1-for-3 with three runs scored and two runs driven in. Channing finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two driven in. Senior shortstop Michael Gastelum went 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.
Saint Mary’s will return to action tomorrow, at 2:00 PM PST for game two of the series. Taking the ball for the Gaels will be sophomore Martin Agosta who is looking for his third win in three starts.