MORAGA, Calif. – Saint Mary’s blasted 11 runs on 10 hits against Cal Poly, while four pitchers limited the Mustangs to one run on four hits. With the 11-1 win SMC evened up the season series against Cal Poly on Tuesday afternoon at Louis Guisto Field. The Gaels had seven hitters record a hit with, while SMC’s pitchers combined to throw 11 strike outs.
Saint Mary’s (20-24) scored a run in the first inning, two in the second, three in the fifth and seventh, and two in the eighth as they ran their winning streak to two games. Cal Poly (21-22) scored their lone run on a solo home run hit in the top of the second.
Jordan Mills took the ball for the Gaels to start, throwing an effect 3.1 innings, allowing just one hit, one run with two walks and four strike outs. His lone mistake was a solo home run on a 3-2 count to right fielder Mitch Haniger in the top of the second.
The Mustangs countered with Eugene Wright (0-3) who struggled to find the strike zone early, the Gaels patiently waited him out, drawing four walks, while capitalizing for five hits, five runs, three of them earned.
In the bottom of the first inning Justin Fazio led off the game with a double to right center on a 2-0 pitch. He later scored on the base-hit up the middle from Patrick Wisdom. In the second inning SMC added two more runs, the first on an error by Cal Poly’s third baseman J.J. Thompson, the second on an triple to right field by Brenden Kalfus that scored Fazio.
Patrick Keane (2-0) took the ball for the Gaels in the top of the fourth and threw a 1.2 scoreless innings, allowing one walk with a strikeout. He entered the game with one out and runners at first and second. After Toby DeMello threw out a runner trying to steal third, Keane induced a foul pop up from the Mustang’s first baseman Matt Jensen to end the inning.
Highlighting the offensive onslaught was junior second baseman Chris Murphy who went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two runs driven in. Murphy had a clutch two out, two-run single in the three run fifth inning.
TAlso collecting multiple RBI’s on the afternoon was junior designated hitter Greg Ditmer, who went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and two driven in. Ditmer recorded his first RBI on a bases loaded walk by relief pitcher Andrew Bruder. He lined a single up the middle to score Cole Norton in the seventh.
Wisdom and Fazio both collected a pair of RBIs as well. Wisdom went 1-for-3; he now has 33 RBI for the year. Kalfus extends his hitting streak to seven games after going 2-for-4. His triple in the second was just a few feet shy of leaving the yard for his third home run of the year.
Ben Griset threw 3.0 strong innings, allowing two hits, while punching out five batters. Griset threw 41 pitches on the day, 29 of them for strikes. The five strikeouts is a career-best for the freshman lefty. Dorsey Ek finished the game for the Gaels throwing a scoreless ninth inning, scattering one hit with a strike out.
Saint Mary’s will return to action on Friday, May 13 when SMC hosts Loyola Marymount for game one of a three game series. The game is slated for a 3:00 PM first pitch.