MORAGA, Calif. - The Saint Mary's baseball team completed a doubleheader sweep against Seattle by scoring eight runs in the late innings to capture game two by an 8-6 score. Earlier in the day, Mark Anderson threw a complete game shutout in a 3-0 victory. With his gem, Anderson ties former Gael Tom Candiotti with four shutouts in a single season, an SMC record.
With the wins, Saint Mary's improves to 23-26, while Seattle drops to 20-29-1.
In the first game, both starting pitchers threw complete games. Seattle's Brandon Kizer took the loss going 8.0 innings, allowing five hits, two walks, three runs and striking out six. Anderson earned the win (7-5) going 9.0 innings, scattering four hits, walking two, allowing no runs and striking out nine.
All the offense came in the third inning as Cole Norton singled with one out. Justin Fazio followed with a hit-and-run single through the right side to put runners on the corners. Patrick Wisdom followed with a homerun to left-centerfield to give the Gaels the 3-0 edge. Wisdom's homerun was all the offense in the game as Anderson shut down the Redhawks the rest of the way.
In the second game, the Redhawks jumped out to a 4-0 lead through four innings. SMC starter Kyle Barraclough settled down for two strong innings and left the game through six frames and the Gaels trailing 4-2.
In the SMC seventh, the Gaels rallied for four runs to take a 6-4 advantage. With one run already in, aided by a Seattle error, Donald Collins had a productive groundout RBI to tie the game at 4-4. Brenden Kalfus, who homered earlier in the game, hit a chopper to the first base side of the pitcher. The Seattle pitcher fielded the ball and threw wildly to first base as the ball went into right field. The sequence allowed two more Gaels to come across the plate and SMC led 6-4 through seven innings.
The Gaels could not come away in the eighth inning with the much needed shutdown inning. Seattle scored twice to tie the game at 6-6, but SMC did get the Redhawks to strand the potential go-ahead runs at second and third.
In the SMC eighth, Toby DeMello led off with a double to the right center gap. Chris Murphy put down the sac bunt and moved DeMello to third with one out. After Michael Gastelum drew a walk, Markus Melgosa perfected the squeeze as DeMello scored to give SMC the 7-6 edge. Justin Fazio followed with a two-out RBI single up the middle, giving the Gaels an 8-6 edge.
Patrick Keane, who entered the game in the eighth inning, pitched a perfect ninth and earned the win, improving to 3-0.
For the Gaels, Barraclough went 6.0 innings, allowed six hits, four runs, three earned runs, walked four and struck out four. Kurt Jahnke and Martin Agosta pitched before Keane, allowing one run apiece. Keane finished the game going 1.2 innings, allowing no hits or runs and striking out three for his third win of the year.
The loss went to Seattle's Blaine Jones who dropped to 2-2.
Saint Mary's and Seattle return to the field on Sunday, May 22 for another doubleheader beginning at 10:00 a.m. Shortly before first pitch, the Gaels will honor their four seniors playing in their final home weekend series. Once again, first pitch is slated for 10:00 a.m. at Louis Guisto Field.