MORAGA, Calif. – The Saint Mary’s baseball team used a big first inning and another complete game from Ben Griset in a 6-1 win over Georgetown on Friday afternoon at Louis Guisto Field.
With the win, Saint Mary’s improves to 10-20, while Georgetown drops to 17-10.
“”This was a good team win,” said associate head coach Gabe Zappin. “We got a few two-out RBI and grinded out a lot of at-bats… Ben was workmanlike and got outs.”
Saint Mary’s pushed across four runs on four hits in the first inning after the Hoyas scored an unearned run in the top half. DonAndre Clark led off being hit by a pitch. Markus Melgosa and Brenden Kalfus followed with consecutive singles, with Kalfus getting an RBI. Anthony Villa then drove a double to the left center gap driving in another run. Shawn O’Brien had a sac fly RBI and Riley Heinzer had a two-out RBI in the big first frame for the Gaels.
Ricky Boas had a two-out RBI in the fourth, while Collin Ferguson had a two-out RBI in the eighth for SMC.
Griset (3-2) hurled his third complete game of the year. While not a shutout, Griset did not allow an earned run. He went 9.0 innings, allowed four hits, one run, no earned rusn, walked none and struck out 10. He threw 119 pitches and 86 strikes.
The loss went to Jack Vander Linden (2-1). After a tough first inning, Vander Linden settled down and went seven innings allowing just one run after the four in the first.
O’Brien had two of SMC’s nine hits on the afternoon. Eight Gaels had hits, while Kalfus, Villa, Ferguson, O’Brien, Heinzer and Boas had RBI.
Saint Mary’s is back in action on Saturday when it hosts Georgetown at 1:00 p.m. at Louis Guisto Field.