MORAGA, Calif. - The skies opened up and the Saint Mary's baseball team played two games on Sunday against Utah Valley at Louis Guisto Field. The Gaels took game one of the twin billing, 10-8, before falling to the Wolverines in the second game 3-0.
Saint Mary's (11-7) received a masterful pitching performance from Martin Agosta (3-0) in the first game. The Gaels junior right hand pitcher went eight complete, tying a career-high with eight strike outs, while scattering five hits, two runs, both earned, with four walks.
Utah Valley (7-10) scored their only runs of the game in the top of the first when UVU's left fielder Sean Moysh drew a walk on seven pitches. The Wolverine's right fielder Billy Burgess then took a 2-1 offering and hit a home run over the right field fence that was carried by the heavy winds. From there Agosta went into shut down mode, getting a pop up to second and a strike out to end the inning. For the rest of the game he only allowed six more base runners to reach, with only one getting past second base.
The Gaels offense quickly responded in the bottom of the first inning. Four-straight batters reached to start the home half of the inning. Ricky Boas led off with a base hit to right center. Cole Norton followed with a single back up the middle, Troy Channing singled to left field that scored Boas to cut the Wolverines lead in half. Collin Ferguson walked to load the bases for Patrick Wisdom who tied the game up with a deep fly ball to left field that scored Norton from third. Chris Murphy singled on a bunt to load the bases again, but the Gaels could not score the go ahead run.
UVU's starter Adam Gunn (1-3) made quick work of the Gaels in the bottom of the second, but ran into trouble in the bottom of the third. Wisdom led off the inning, smashing a ball into right field that got into the jet stream out to right field and carried over the right field fence for his third home run of the season and 23rd of his career.
The one run cushion is all Agosta would need for his third win of the season, but Saint Mary's added to their lead, scoring four in the bottom of the fourth, a run in the fifth and two in the eighth. All nine starters reached base in the first game.
Channing went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two runs driven in. Wisdom continues to catch fire, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three runs driven in. Donald Collins also had a three-hit game in, scoring a pair of runs. Darian Ramage tallied his first collegiate hit and RBI in the bottom of the eight.
Gunn got knocked out of the game in the bottom of the fourth, his line for the afternoon was 3.2 innings pitched, allowing 10 hits, seven runs, all earned, with two walks and six strike outs. Taylor Mangum came in and pitched 3.1, allowing four hits, and one run with two strike outs. Devin Nelson pitched the final inning, allowing three hit hits, two earned runs.
In the second game of the afternoon, the two sides traded zeroes for the first two innings. In the top of the third inning Utah Valley broke through with a three run inning that was aided by some bad luck against the Gaels.
The Wolverines led off the inning when Kyle Barraclough (1-3) hit Utah Valley's center fielder Jordy Hart on the jersey to put the lead off runner aboard. Barraclough got the first out of the inning when Jake Rickenbach moved the runner over with a sacrifice bunt. Moysh singled through the right side that put Hart on third. Moysh then advanced to second on a wild pitch to put two runners in scoring position with one out for the Wolverines.
Burgess singled on a ball hit deep in the hole to short, Boas tried to make the out at first but his throw got past Ferguson allowing two runners to score. After a base hit to Austin Heaps, Burgess moved to third on a wild pitch and later came around to score on a fielder's choice by Goose Kallunki.
On the afternoon, Barraclough pitched well, but the Gaels could not get him off the hook, as he was saddled with the loss after going 7.0 complete, allowing five hits, three runs, one earned, with two walks and three strike outs.
Utah Valley's starter Preston Olson (2-0) had an impressive outing for the visiting squad, going 6.0 complete, scattering six hits, with no runs, allowing one walk and striking out nine on the day.
Ryan Brockett pitched two scoreless innings for the Gaels in the top of the eighth and ninth. He has now thrown 14.2 scoreless innings, dating back to March 3.
Josh Swenson earned the save for Utah Valley, going 3.0 complete, giving up one hit with no runs and no walks.
Saint Mary's returns to action tomorrow, when the Gaels travel to Davis, Calif., to take on the Aggies at Dobbins Stadium. First pitched is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.