LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Saint Mary's baseball team had its senior ace on the mound in an effort to avoid the sweep at the hands of Loyola Marymount on Sunday. Kyle Barraclough did his part throwing a quality start while striking out seven, however, a three run bottom of the seventh put the Lions out front for good, winning 5-3 at Page Stadium.
Saint Mary's (14-12/1-5 WCC) mounted a furious rally in the top of the ninth, getting the tying run to second with two outs but Darian Ramage lined out to the pitcher Brett Dahlson who recorded the final two outs of the game for his third save of the year.
Collin Ferguson led off the top of the ninth with a double to right field, he moved over to third on a base hit to center field by Patrick Wisdom. Chris Murphy got hit by a pitch to load the bases all with no outs. Brenden Kalfus flied out to deep right field that allowed Ferguson to score and Wisdom to advance to third. After a pitching change, Dahlson got Shawn O'Brien to strike out, bringing up Donald Collins who clubbed a double down the left field line to score Wisdom, but that's where the rally would end, as the Gaels scored three runs on nine hits.
Barraclough (1-4) had a solid outing going early on; taking a no hitter through 3.1 innings. In the end walks hurt his strong effort and led directly to the two earned runs surrendered. For the afternoon he went six complete innings, scattering three hits, two runs, both earned, with six walks and seven strike outs.
In the bottom of the seventh, Loyola Marymount (11-12/3-0 WCC) put the game away when Matt Lowenstein led off the inning drawing a walk against new Gaels pitcher Jordan Mills. After a sacrifice bunt, Lowenstein scored on a double down the right field line scoring Lowenstein. Colton Plaia homered over the right field fence on a 1-1 offering by Mills to put the Lions out front 5-1.
Earning the win for the Lions was starter John Lally (2-2) who threw seven complete, scattering four hits, one earned run, with a walk and four strike outs.
The Gaels tied the game up briefly in the top of the sixth when Ricky Boas singled to second base on 3-2 pitch. Cole Norton singled to left field advancing Boas to second. Troy Channing got hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out for SMC. Collin Ferguson hit a fly ball to centerfield that was deep enough for Boas to tag up and score from third, but that would be all the Gaels would score.
LMU took the lead right back in the bottom half of that inning when back to back walks and a bunt single loaded the bases with no outs for the Lions. Shon Roe hit into a 4-3 double play but that would score Plaia who led off the inning with a walk.
Mills came into the game for Saint Mary's in the bottom of the seventh, he allowed two hits, three runs, all earned with a walk and two strike outs.
Norton extended his hitting streak to 12 games; he went 1-for-4 on the day. Ferguson continues to see the ball well, he went 2-for-3 with a double and a single with the RBI. Wisdom went 2-for-4. Thomas Cortese worked a scoreless frame, scattering a hit and a walk in the bottom of the eight.
The Gaels will return to action on Monday, traveling to Stanford, Calif. to take on No. 2 Stanford at the Sunken Diamond, first pitch for that game is schedule at 5:30 p.m.