Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's baseball team defeated UC Riverside by a final score of 6-4 Friday afternoon at Louis Guisto Field, the difference in the game was the pitching of sophomore starter Mark Anderson (1-2), who threw an absolute gem. The righty recorded his second consecutive complete game, for his first win of the season.
Saint Mary's (7-9-1) makes it two in a row, after notching six runs on 12 hits, but what propelled the Gaels on Friday was Anderson. The sophomore was brilliant, going nine complete, scattering seven hits, allowing four runs, all earned, with no walks and striking out five.
Anderson held the Highlanders (9-9) scoreless through five innings. In the bottom of the fourth Saint Mary's broke the scoreless tie, notching two runs. The inning started with slugger Troy Channing reaching safely on a bunt, freshman Patrick Wisdom followed that up with his third homerun of the season, a moon shot over the left centerfield fence.
In the top of the sixth the Highlanders finally got on the board, taking the lead with three runs, on four hits. Trevor Hairgrove led off the inning with a single to center field; he came around to score on a single to center field from Joey Gonzalez. Gonzalez scored on a single from Michael Hur, who scored the go ahead run on a double from Justin Shults.
On the mound for the Highlanders was Matt Andriese (2-2) who went 7.1 innings, allowing 11 hits, surrendering six runs, five earned, with one walk and five strike outs.
The Gaels would answer, in the bottom of the sixth Wisdom knocked a single into left field, he moved over on a sac bunt from Brenden Kalfus. Cole Norton followed that up with a walk, putting runners at first and second with one out. On a ground ball to the pitcher from Shawn O'Brien both Norton and Wisdom advanced 90 feet, putting runners at second and third with two outs. Chris Murphy delivered, knocking a single, scoring Wisdom and Norton to retake the lead for good 4-3.
The Highlanders added another run in the ninth, but it wasn't enough as the Gaels added two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Leading the Gaels offensively today was Wisdom who was a perfect 4-for-4 with three runs scored and two driven in. Also collecting multiple hits was O'Brien who went 2-for-4 with two RBI's, and Murphy who went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
The Gaels will play two tomorrow against the Highlanders, the first game is slated for a 11:00 AM first pitch, with the second starting a half hour after the first game is completed.