MORAGA, Calif. - On an afternoon when Saint Mary's baseball's starting pitcher Martin Agosta (5-1) didn't appear to have his best stuff, it wouldn't matter, as the offense came to life in a big way. The Gaels scored six unanswered runs, capped off with a three run home run by Brenden Kalfus to defeat Pepperdine in game two of the series by a final score of 6-4, Friday afternoon at Louis Guisto Field.
Saint Mary's (15-14/2-6 WCC) finally took the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning when Kalfus connected on his first home run of the season. The rally started when Pepperdine's (18-13/2-3 WCC) relief pitcher Michael Swanner (1-2) started off the inning issuing a single to Patrick Wisdom through the left side. After a strike out, Shawn O'Brien came to bat as a pinch hitter and drew a four pitch walk. Kalfus stepped up the plate and worked the count in his favor, taking three-straight balls out of the zone, after taking a called first strike Kalfus blasted the 3-1 offering over the right field wall to put the Gaels out front.
The Waves scored first in the top of the second inning. Aaron Brown stared the rally with a single through the left side, he moved over to second on the swinging bunt by Sam Meyer. Both runners moved up 90 feet on the sacrifice bunt by Floyd Given. Matt Gelalich scored Brown with a sacrifice fly to center field and Zach Vincej laced a single to shallow right field to score Meyer from third.
In the top of the fourth inning the Waves once again struck for a pair, this time aided by defensive miscues by the Gaels. An error by SMC allowed Given to reach, he moved to second after a wild pitch. Agosta then walked the catcher Kolten Yamaguchi and a single up the middle by Vincej to load the bases. Austin Davidson singled up the middle to score Given and then Sever flied out to right field scoring Yamaguchi.
From the top of the fourth inning on the game belonged to Agosta. In the first four innings he allowed five hits and two walks, from the fifth inning to the eight he only allowed one hit and one walk. He retired 11 batters in a row until he allowed a walk in the top of the eighth. For the afternoon, Agosta went 8.0 complete, scattering six hits, four runs, three earned, with three walks and three strike outs.
The Gaels didn't get on the board until the bottom of the fourth inning, finally tallying a run after threatening against Waves' starter Scott Frazier. The Gaels left runners on in three consecutive innings before Kalfus knocked in Wisdom from third on a ground out to second. Wisdom led off the fourth inning with a single up the middle, he moved to third on a double down the left field line by Toby DeMello.
Saint Mary's added a run in the bottom of the fifth when Cole Norton doubled to left field with one out, he scored on a double to right center field by Troy Channing that looked like it might leave the yard. The Gaels added their third run in the bottom of the seventh when once again Channing doubled in Norton who reached by way of a walk and scored all the way from first.
Frazier gave way to Swanner in the bottom of the seventh, he left the game in line for the win. For the afternoon he went 6.2 innings, allowing seven hits, three runs, all earned, with two walks and five strike outs. Swanner went 1.1 innings, allowing three hits, three runs, all earned, with one walk and a strike out.
Patrick Keane pitched the top of the ninth and closed the game out for his third save of the year. He went 1.0 inning, he did not allow a hit or a run, but pitched around two walks, getting a game ending 4-6-3 end it.
Saint Mary's pounded out 10 hits on the afternoon led by Channing's 4-for-4 day with three doubles. Norton went 1-for=3 with two runs scored, Patrick Wisdom went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, Kalfus went 1-for-4 with four runs driven in.
Saint Mary's and Pepperdine will play the rubber match tomorrow at Louis Guisto Field at 1:00 p.m. The Gaels will be sending RHP Kyle Barraclough (1-4, 2.40 ERA) to the mound. Pepperdine will counter with RHP Corey Miller (4-3, 3.67 ERA).
Tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. the Gaels will also host an Easter Egg Hunt at the old Louis Guisto Field. Any child ages 12 and younger with a ticket are allowed to participate.