MORAGA, Calif. - Anthony Villa's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Gaels to a walkoff win over Utah on Saturday afternoon at Louis Guisto Field.
With the win, Saint Mary's improves to 5-9, while Utah drops to 6-6.
"We had good energy today, for having a rough week last week," said associate head coach Gabe Zappin. "Ben Griset was outstanding today, mixing his pitches well."
While Griset took the no-decision, he ended up going 7.0 innings, allowing five hits, one run, two walks and struck out five. He threw 98 pitches, 68 for strikes.
Patrick Keane (1-1) picked up the victory throwing two scoreless frames.
In the Saint Mary's ninth inning with one out, DonAndre Clark hit a sharp comebacker, but it was not fielded cleanly, then kicked by the pitcher as Clark reached on an error. Utah starting pitcher Tanner Banks had to exit with an injury, leaving Clark on first with one out.
Banks (1-3) pitched a terrific game going 8.1 innings, giving up four hits, one earned run, walked none and struck out eight.
Collin Ferguson then came up with a big single up the middle in a lefty versus lefty match up to put two on. A balk then sent runners to second and third with still one out. Kalfus was then intentionally walked to load the bases. Still with one out, Villa took a big swing and hit a fly ball to center field. The ball was definitely not deep but with the speedy Clark on third base, he raced home and the throw was up the line which allowed Clark to score the winning run.
"We did a good job today with defense with Ferguson and Melgosa making big plays... also did the little things today and got the runners over," said Zappin.
Villa finished the game with both of the Gaels' RBI. Villa had a sac fly RBI in the fourth inning to score the game's first run.
Saint Mary's is back in action on Sunday when it takes on Utah. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. on the SMC campus.