MORAGA, Calif. – With one out in the bottom of the ninth the Gaels got veteran-like base running from freshman second baseman Richard Boas in the exciting walk-off win against No. 21 Stanford on Tuesday. Boas scored the winning run on the fielder choice from Markus Melgosa as the Gaels defeated the Cardinal 3-2 at Louis Guisto Field.
Boas led off the ninth with a single through the left side on a 1-2 pitch off Stanford’s closer Chris Reed (2-2). With one out sophomore catcher Riley Heinzer laid down a gorgeous bunt down the first base line into no man’s land. Reed had to make a tough play to try and throw Heinzer out, who was able to slide in safely for the base hit. Stanford’s first baseman Brian Ragira was handcuffed by the throw and bobbled the ball allowing Boas to hustle from second to third.
On a 2-0 pitch Melgosa finally saw a pitch near the strike zone and clubbed it off the dirt in front of the plate causing a high bounce, the Cardinal’s third baseman Stephen Piscotty never had a chance at throwing out the speedy Boas who scored on a hook slide to give the Gaels the win.
Saint Mary’s (18-18) used three pitchers on the afternoon, who stymied the Cardinal to two runs on seven hits. Jordan Mills started the game for the Gaels going a career-high six innings, scattering three hits, one run, with no walks while striking out three. Mills was perfect through 3.2 innings, retiring the first 11 batters he faced.
Stanford (20-14) scored their first run of the game in the top of the sixth when Ragira scored on a two-out double from senior catcher Zach Jones. That tied the score up at one. SMC jumped out to the early 1-0 lead on a solo home run from Brenden Kalfus in the bottom of the fourth.
Kalfus had a monster day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, his two RBI game on a pair of solo home runs over the right center field fence. In the bottom of the sixth Kalfus broke the 1-1 hitting his second home run off Stanford’s reliever Dean McArdle.
Dorsey Ek (1-0) earned the win for the Gaels going 1.2 innings surrendering two hits without allowing a run. He was able to keep the Cardinal scoreless in the ninth. Freshman Ben Griset pitched an impressive 1.1 innings in relief, striking out the side in the seventh.
The Gaels return to action on Friday, April 29 when SMC hosts San Diego for game one of a three game West Coast Conference series, the game is slated for a 3:00 PM first pitch.