Bakersfield, CA - In the first game of the Cal State Bakersfield Tournament, Saint Mary's scored four runs in the top of the 12th inning for a 7-4 win over CS Baskerfield. Mikey Reynolds sparked the late inning rally with a leadoff homerun in the 12th, as the Gaels improved to 2-2 on the season.
In SMC's first at-bat in the top of the 12th inning, Reynolds hit a 1-0 pitch over the centerfield wall, sparking a three-run inning. Pinch hitter Mike Cipolla followed with a single, then Cole Norton, who replaced Cipolla as a pinch runner, scored the second run on a single through the left side by Markus Melgosa. Melgosa added the third run of the inning on a single to right field by catcher Ryan Mulligan, and after Mulligan stole second, he scored on a two-out single by Brenden Kalfus.
"What doesn’t show up in the box score is Mikey Reynolds was phenomenal defensively today," said head coach Jedd Soto. "Not only was he great at the plate, but defensively he made a bunch of really big plays and made them look easy on a tough infield. He was really special defensively, and offensively he had the big hits for us. On the in-the-park homerun, he did a great job to avoid the tag at the plate."
Reynolds was 3-for-5 on the afternoon, with a double, a homerun, two RBI and a run scored. The Gaels also got three hits from preseason All-American Troy Channing (3-6) and left fielder Justin Fazio (3-6), as SMC finished the contest with 16 hits.
Soto added, "Dorsey Ek was phenomenal today. The big thing with Dorsey is, after they hit the wind added homerun to left field, he just came in and threw a bunch of strikes. With his fastball, change-up, and slider, everything was on the ground and gave our defense a chance to work. That was the best I’ve ever seen Dorsey Ek in his three years at Saint Mary’s College."
Dorsey Ek pitched the final three innings for Saint Mary's to earn his first win of the season. Ek threw three scoreless innings, allowing two hits, with one strikeout. Saint Mary's starting pitcher Brandon Berl got a no decision after throwing seven full innings, allowing one run on six hits with seven strikeouts, and no walks. He gave way to Alex Schmarzo, who threw a perfect eighth inning.
"It was nice to see berl with real good command of all his pitchers, 75 of 95 pitches were thrown for strikes," said Soto. "He had a real good command of his fast ball and showed all the pitches in the zone. Really controlled of the game for us and throwing 7 innings, in what turned out to be an extra game was huge. Was really proud of Brandon to give that kind of outing, get back on the horse and stay in the game as long as he did."
Saint Mary's took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Justin Fazio scored on a double down the left field line by shortstop Mikey Reynolds. Fazio singled to start the inning and scored from first on the Reynolds double.
The Roadrunners (4-1) tied the game in the bottom of the second inning when Jeremy Rodriguez and Jason Kidlock had back-to-back doubles off Berl. A two-run homerun by Channing in the top of the fifth inning gave the Gaels a 3-1 advantage. The first homerun of the season for Channing came on a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the inning, scoring Mulligan, who singled earlier in the inning.
The Gaels added to their lead in the sixth inning when Chris Murphy's two-out RBI single up the middle plated Patrick Wisdom from third base. Wisdom got to third after a two-base throwing error by Roadrunner pitcher Mickey Jannis. Wisdom reached on a fielder's choice, after Justin Fazio singled to open the sixth inning.
Schmarzo pitched a scoreless eighth inning, before giving way to Jimmy Munill for the ninth. Munill blew the save opportunity, as he allowed a three-run, two-out homerun to left field by shortstop Kyle Richardson, tying the game at 4-4. Ryan McIntyre doubled after the Richardson homer, but a Martin Medina strikeout ended the ninth, sending the game into extra innings.
The Roadrunners had a chance to end the game in the 11th inning, as they had runners on second and third, but Ek got Richardson to ground out to second to end the threat.
Saint Mary's will continue action in the CS Bakersfield Tournament tomorrow morning with an 11 a.m. game against the California Golden Bears at the Hardt Field. The pitching match-up for the game will have SMC right-hander Kyle Barraclough facing off against Cal's freshman left-hander Justin Jones.