MORAGA, Calif. – Saint Mary’s pitcher Jordan Mills held Portland scoreless as the Gaels baseball team enjoyed a 4-0 West Coast Conference win on Saturday at Louis Guisto Field. The outing was the first complete game and shutout for the junior hurler who struck out nine Pilots in the victory.
Mills (3-3) allowed only five hits (all singles) and issued just one walk to pick up his third win of the season. He retired the final 11 hitters and did not allow a runner past second base in the contest.
Saturday’s outing was more of the same from Mills as he did not allow an earned run for his third straight start. Mills has not allowed an earned run in his past 23.2 innings and dropped his team-best earned run average to 1.99 following Saturday’s shutout.
The Pilots best scoring threat came in the fifth inning after the first two batters singled. SMC catcher Riley Heinzer picked off the runner at second base on a failed sacrifice bunt attempt, and Mills mowed down the next two Pilots at the plate.
DonAndre Clark led the Saint Mary’s offense going 3-for-5 at the plate. He also swiped his West Coast Conference leading 16th stolen base of the season. Brenden Kalfus, Anthony Villa, and Shawn O’Brien collected two hits apiece. Eight of the nine hitters in the Gaels lineup contributed to the team’s 13 base hits in the game.
Six of those hits came in the first two innings and a Markus Melgosa sacrifice fly gave the Gaels a lead they would hold until the end. A pair of two-out doubles in the fifth from Anthony Villa and O’Brien put Saint Mary’s up 2-0. A run-scoring double from Collin Ferguson and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Darian Ramage in the seventh inning cushioned the Gaels advantage.
Portland pitcher Kurt Yinger (2-4) provided a quality start for the visiting side allowing two earned runs over six innings while striking out five.
Saint Mary’s (13-25, 4-7 WCC) will host the final game of its three-game weekend series against Portland (13-26, 5-9 WCC) on Sunday, April 21. First pitched is scheduled for 1 p.m.