MORAGA, Calif. – Down 8-1 in the fifth, the Saint Mary’s baseball team rallied for a 9-8 victory over San Jose State on Wednesday afternoon at Louis Guisto Field. SMC scored five times in the sixth and two more in the seventh to earn the comeback win.
"This was a good team effort and come from behind win," said associate head coach Gabe Zappin. "We strung together a lot of quality at-bats... proud of the guys for not giving in."
With the win, Saint Mary’s improves to 9-20, while SJSU drops to 9-20. This is the only meeting between the two squads this year. The teams combined for 30 hits on the afternoon.
Thomas Cortese (1-0) earned the victory pitching two scoreless frames in the sixth and seventh innings. Cortese allowed just one hit and 20 of his 24 pitches were strikes. Patrick Keane did not allow a base runner in picking up his fourth save of the season.
SJSU scored on each of the first four SMC pitchers. Kelsey Outram gave up two runs in two innings, while Tanner Kichler, David Dellaserra and Gary Cornish each hurled an inning and gave up a combined six runs.
The Spartans scored four times in the fifth to take an 8-1 lead over the Gaels.
SMC scored one run in the bottom of the fifth to pull within 8-2.
The Gaels scored five times in the sixth to pull within 8-7 as the Gaels loaded the bases with no outs. SMC scored its first run of the frame on a bases loaded walk by DonAndre Clark for an RBI. With one out, Brenden Kalfus, Anthony Villa and Collin Ferguson each hit RBI singles to pull SMC within two runs. Christopher Akmon hit a key sac fly RBI for SMC’s seventh run as SMC trailed just 8-7 through six.
In the seventh with one out, Ricky Boas and Clark singled up the middle to put runners on the corners. Shawn O’Brien followed with a sac fly to tie the game up at 8-8. Kalfus then came through with the big two-out RBI hit to drive in Clark and the Gaels led 9-8.
Keane was perfect down the stretch as the Gaels earned the win.
SMC had 16 hits as a team, led by Kalfus going 4-for-5 with three RBI. Kalfus is now hitting .389 on the season and is sitting atop the WCC in batting average.
Clark, Akmon and Connor Hornsby also had multi-hit games for the Gaels.
The loss went to SJSU’s Kyle Hassna (2-4).
Saint Mary’s is back in action on Friday when it hosts Georgetown. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m. at Louis Guisto Field.