Sacramento, CA – The Saint Mary’s baseball team scored four runs in the sixth inning to break a 4-4 tie, and held on to defeat the Sacramento State Hornets 8-6 at Hornets Field on Tuesday afternoon. The Gaels got a three-high, five RBI game from freshman Cole Norton, as the Gaels pounded out 18 hits against four Sacramento State pitchers.
The Gaels (4-6) opened the scoring in the top of the first, as Justin Fazio connected on a RBI single to left field. The inning could have bigger for Saint Mary's, as the single advanced senior catcher Ryan Mulligan to third, but Blake Miller took the cutoff throw, pump-faked toward second base and tossed the ball back to Derrick Chung, who tagged out Mulligan caught between third base and home.
Sacramento State (4-6) then erupted for five hits in the bottom of the first, pushing four runs across the board against Saint Mary's starter freshman Dylan Chavez, who lasted just the one inning.
Chung then tripled to center field, scoring Bloom to give the Hornets a 3-1 lead, and Brent Hottman finished the inning with a RBI single that scored Chung, giving Sacramento State a 4-1 advantage.
Saint Mary's fought back, scoring one run in the top of the second and two in the top of the third to tie the score at 4-4. In the second, Patrick Wisdom doubled to open the frame, and scored on a single by Cole Norton. SMC tied the game at 4-3 in the third, when Micahel Gastelum’s double down the right field line, scored Justin Fazio and Widsom, whom singled earlier in the inning.
The score remained that way until the top of the sixth, as with the bases loaded, Gaels’ designated hitter Cole Norton tripled to left center field, clearing the bases to give Saint Mary's a 7-4 advantage. Mikey Reynolds, the next batter, then singled home Norton to extend Saint Mary's lead to 8-4.
Martin Agosta relieved Chavez in the second inning, and held the Hornets scoreless for four innings, to get his first win of the season. Agosta allowed just two hits with three strikeouts in his four innings of work.
The Hornets then mounted a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning, scoring two runs off reliever Dorsey Ek. Ek, who pitched three innings, allowing two runs, while not allowing a hit, but gave up four walks. Two of those walks came in the ninth inning, and came around to score on an Andrew Ayers two-out single off Alex Schmarzo. After the Ayers single, Brandon Berl record the final out for SMC to get his first save of the season.
Trevor York (0-1) picked up the loss out of the Hornet pen, allowing four runs on four hits in two innings of work. Hornet freshman Jason Hampton started the ballgame, going three innings allowing four runs on nine hits.
Norton, Wisdom, and Fazio were also 3-for-4, and Troy Channing, Mulligan and Gastelum had two hits each.
Bloom, Chung, and Ayers led the Hornets offensively with two hits apiece, while Ayers posted a team-best two RBI.
The two teams will battle again at Hornet Field on Wednesday, March 10. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Saint Mary’s was scheduled to play at Nevada on Wednesday, but due to impending weather in the Reno, NV area, the game was rescheduled for April 16, and SMC added the game against the Hornets for tomorrow.