SPOKANE, Wash. – The Saint Mary’s baseball team rallied for 11 runs in the third inning on nine hits, propelling the Gaels to a lopsided victory over host Gonzaga on Friday night at Patterson Complex. SMC evened the series with a 12-1 victory to force a rubber-match against the 24th ranked Bulldogs.
Saint Mary’s (16-17/4-4 WCC) put an end to the game early, scoring a season-best 11 runs on nine hits in the third inning. Freshman second baseman Richard Boas had two hits in the inning alone, scoring two runs and knocking one in. The big hit was a bases clearing triple by Patrick Wisdom .
The big inning by the Gaels ended the day for Bulldog’s starter Tyler Olson (5-3). Olson entered the game with a 2.74 ERA but that will take a steep hike north after failing to get out of the third. Olson’s went 2.1 innings, surrendering eight hits, 10 runs, all earned with no strikeouts.
Gonzaga (22-12-1/6-2 WCC) had trouble figuring out Gaels starter Martin Agosta (4-4) who threw his second complete game of the season. Agosta scattered eight hits, one run, with two walks while striking out three.
Boas, making his ninth career start, had a career-best three hits to pace the Gaels offense. Also collecting multiple hits on the evening was Donald Collins who had two hits, while scoring three runs. Michael Gastelum also clubbed a pair of hits, scoring a run and knocking one in.
Junior first baseman Troy Channing tied the SMC career-record for RBIs in the seventh inning when he hit a sacrifice fly to center field scoring Collins from third. Channing now has 147 career RBIs which ties James Mouton (1988-91). Channing is now the career leader in home runs and RBI at SMC in his brilliant three year career in Moraga.
The Gaels and Bulldogs will play the rubber match tomorrow afternoon at Patterson Complex. Kyle Barraclough takes the ball for the Gaels looking to record his fifth consecutive win, he will face the lefty Marco Gonzalez. The game is scheduled for a 1:00 PM first pitch.