DAVIS, Calif. - The Saint Mary's baseball team scored three
runs in the top of the first and held on for a 5-2 win over UC Davis on Monday
afternoon at Dobbins Stadium on the UC Davis campus. The Gaels tallied five runs on 11 hits, while
holding the Aggies to two runs on seven hits.
Saint Mary's (12-7) struck first in the top of the first
inning. Cole Norton led off with a base
hit to right field, he moved over to second on a wild pitch by UCD's starter
Tom Briner. Norton moved to third on a
fly out to right field by Troy Channing.
Collin Ferguson knocked Norton in with a base hit down the right field
line. Patrick Wisdom extended his
hitting streak to five games with a base hit back up the middle, moving
Ferguson to second. Both runners moved
up 90 feet on the second wild pitch of the inning by Briner. Chris Murphy continues to get it done for the
Gaels; he smoked a 2-2 offering back up the middle that scored Ferguson and
Wisdom. Murphy was thrown out at second
by the catcher trying to advance to second to end the inning.
Briner (2-2) lasted six innings, surrendering 10 hits, five
runs, all of them earned with one walk and three strike outs. Briner entered the game surrendering 21 hits
in 26.1 innings pitched. SMC did an
excellent job of working the count on Briner and fouling off pitches.
In the bottom of the first inning, UC Davis' (10-9) Kevin
Barker walked on five pitches to start the inning for the Aggies. He moved over to second on a ground out by Mike
Mazzara. Barker scored on a single up
the middle by Paul Politi. The Gaels got
out of the inning when starter Jordan Mills induced a 5-4-3 double play.
Mills (2-1) earned his second career win, going 6.2 innings,
scattering four hits, one run, with two strike outs. He struggled at times with his command
issuing a career-high six base on balls.
SMC added to their early lead, scoring a run in the bottom
of the third. Channing got the rally
started with a base hit into left center, he moved over to second on a wild
pitch. Wisdom walked on six pitches to
put runners at first and second for Murphy, who singled down the right field
line to score Channing from second.
In the top of the sixth Murphy led off the inning with his
third hit of the day, he moved to second on Brenden Kalfus' single through the
right side. Riley Heinzer moved the
runners into scoring position with a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt. Murphy came in on the sacrifice fly to center
field off the bat of Donald Collins.
In the top of the seventh, Mills got the first two outs, but
surrendered back-to-back walks on eight straight pitches to end his day. Ben Griset came in for the Gaels with runners
on first and second and hit the batter Mazzara to load the bases. Facing the Aggies RBI leader Paul Politi,
Griset threw a nasty breaking ball on a 1-2 pitch to get Politi fishing for the
final out of the inning.
Griset pitched the bottom of the eight as well, retiring the
Aggies in order. Griset threw 1.1
innings, with no hits, a walk and a strike out.
In the top of the ninth, Patrick Keane took the bump for the
Gaels, and quickly got one out, striking out the leadoff hitter Brett
Morgan. The Aggies used a pinch hitter,
Spencer Brann who doubled to left field on a 1-2 count. After a ground out to short, the Aggies got
an RBI single from Kevin Barker to cut the Gaels lead to three. After loading the bases, Keane ended the
drama getting Nick Lynch to fly out to left field to end the game.
Murphy and Ferguson led the Gaels with three hits apiece. Murphy finished the day 3-for-4 with a run
scored and three runs driven in. Murphy
continues to get it done in RBI situations; he now has a team-high 16 RBI on
the year, 11 of them coming with two outs.
Ferguson finished 3-for-4 with a run scored and a run batted in. Wisdom, Norton, Channing, Kalfus and Collins
all collected a hit for SMC on the day.
The Gaels return to action on Friday, March 23 at 3:00 p.m.
when Saint Mary's hosts Cal State Northridge for game one of a four game