Stanford, CA - Patrick Wisdom homered twice and drove in six runs as the Saint Mary's baseball team posted a 7-3 win over the No. 22 ranked Stanford Cardinal from Sunken Diamond on Wednesday night. With the win, the Gaels defeated Stanford for the third straight time and fifth time in the last six meetings.
Saint Mary's (9-14-1) had just five hits against eight Stanford pitchers, but made the hits matter, scoring six of the seven runs off of two hits. SMC's other run came on a bases loaded walk.
Wisdom finished the game going 2-for-4 with six RBI and two runs scored and Troy Channing, Toby DeMello and Shawn O'Brien had the other hits for SMC.
Stanford (13-11) opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning, scoring two runs on four hits against SMC starting pitcher Taylor Ried. Stanford got RBI singles from Kenny Diekroeger and Jake Schlander.
The Gaels answered with five runs in the top of the third inning, on just one hit. That hit was a grand slam off the bat of freshman third baseman Patrick Wisdom, a bomb over the trees in left field. SMC had four walks off losing pitcher Garrett Hughes (0-1), the fourth coming to Troy Channing for the Gaels' first run of the inning, plating Chris Murphy, who was SMC's first runner of the game.
After a pitching change, Wisdom hit a no-doubt homerun on the first pitch by reliever Dean McArdle. The homerun from Wisdom was his fifth of the season, to bring his RBI total to 22.
After the Wisdom homerun gave SMC the 5-2 lead, sophomore right hander Kyle Barraclough came in for Ried and threw three scoreless innings, retiring the first nine batters he faced, include three by the way of the strikeout. Barraclough's line for the night was 4.1 innings pitcher, allowing one earned run on four hits, with four strikeouts and one walk.
Saint Mary's extended its lead to 7-2 in the sixth inning, following Wisdom's second homerun of the game. After Channing singled for the Gaels' second hit of the game, to open the inning, Wisdom homered to left field on a 1-0 pitch off Danny Sandbrink.
In his fourth inning of work, Stanford loaded the bases against Barraclough, but 6-3 double play off the bat of Christian Griffiths ended the inning. Barraclough gave up his only run in the bottom of the seventh inning, when Jake Schlander's double to left center scored Diekroeger, who singled to open the inning.
After the Schlander double, Barraclough got Guiliani to ground out to third before giving way to Dylan Chavez for the final two outs of the inning. Chavez started the eighth inning, and after Stanford had runners on first and second, freshman Martin Agosta came in to strikeout Griffiths and Diekroeger to end the inning. Agosta finished the game with a perfect ninth inning.
Saint Mary's will open West Coast Conference play on Friday, when it begins a three-game series against the Portland Pilots. Game one of the series is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Joe Etzel Field in Portland, Oregon.