HONOLULU, Hawaii - The Saint Mary's baseball team took both halves of Sunday's double-header to earn a series split against host Hawaii. The Gaels took game one 6-2 in 10 innings before taking the nightcap 5-3 in seven innings.
In the opening game Saint Mary's (17-17) got a tremendous pitching performance from Kyle Barraclough who scattered three hits and two runs through seven innings, with two walks and six strike outs. Barraclough didn't allow a hit till the bottom of the third inning.
SMC scored two runs in the in the top of the third when Ricky Boas reached on a fielder's choice. He moved over to second on a base hit to right field by Cole Norton. Both runners advanced 90 feet on a double steal, the eighth of the year for Boas. Patrick Wisdom delivered the big hit of the inning, clubbing a double to center field scoring both Boas and Norton.
In the bottom of the seventh Hawaii (21-15) scored a pair of runs to tie the game up. Kaeo Aliviado singled to center field to start the rally, Barraclough then walked Pi'ikea Kitamura to put runners on first and second. From there, the Gaels turned the ball over to the bullpen, handing the ball to Patrick Keane (3-0). Keane gave up a two run single to catcher Collin Bennett before shutting down the Rainbows to end the inning.
Over the next three innings, Keane did not allow a hit as he went four complete, allowing four hits, no runs, a walk and two strike outs.
The Rainbow's starter Scott Squier went 7.0 complete, allowing four hits, two runs, both earned, two walks and four strike outs. Hawaii turned the ball over to reliever David Longville (1-2). In three innings of work, Longville allowed five hits, four runs, all earned, with three walks and two strike outs.
Most of the damage coming in the top of the 10th inning, when the Gaels plated four runs. Norton started the rally with a single to left field, Wisdom walked with one out to put two runners on, Murphy also walked with two outs to load up the bases for Brenden Kalfus who cleared the bases with a double to center field. Kalfus came in an RBI single by Nick Rosso.
Keane closed out the bottom of the 10th in order to finish the game.
In the second game Jordan Mill (3-3) got the win pitching 4.1 innings, allowing four hits, two runs, one earned, with two doubles and two strike outs.
Hawaii scored in the bottom of the first when Stephen Ventimilia singled to the pitcher, he moved to third on a throwing error by Mills and scored on a ground ball to shortstop. UH added a run in the bottom of the second when Bennett walked and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Bennett came around to score on a double by Zack Swasey.
The Gaels took the lead in the top of the fifth when SMC tallied five runs on four hits. Shawn O'Brien scored the first run when he singled to right center. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, and then scored on back-to-back wild pitches. After a pitching change, Kalfus singled to right center, he moved over to second when Toby DeMello reached by an error on the third baseman. Kyle Dowdy (1-2) loaded the bases when he hit Donald Collins with a pitch. Norton singled to right field scoring Kalfus and DeMello, Collin Ferguson doubled to right center scoring Collins and Norton.
The Gaels will return to action on Friday, when they travel to San Diego to play the host Toreros for a three game series at Cunningham Stadium at 3:00 p.m.