MORAGA, Calif. – Saint Mary’s completed the three-game West Coast Conference (WCC) sweep of Portland following a 14-2 win at Louis Guisto Field on Sunday. Brenden Kalfus provided a career-high six runs batted in to lead the Gaels offense.
Saint Mary’s (14-25, 5-7 WCC) enjoyed two five run frames including a second inning that featured two timely hits. Ricky Boas’ two-run single started the scoring and later in the inning Kalfus cleared the bases with a two-out double to give the Gaels a 5-0 lead.
Collin Ferguson went 4-for-4 on the day and plated the Gaels first run of five in the fifth. Saint Mary’s batted around in the inning with Ferguson, Kalfus, and Boas each driving in at least one run. The trio combined to knock in 11 of the team’s 12 RBI in the game.
SMC starting pitcher Ryan Brockett (3-5) was spotted an early cushion and held Portland (13-27, 5-10 WCC) to only one run in his 5.2 innings. Brockett exited after throwing 101 pitches with as the patient Pilots forced the lefty to go deep into counts including seven full counts. However it was Brockett who got the better of the Pilots as he struck out eight and walked three in the win.
Sunday’s action featured five different pitchers from each staff. Kelsey Outram, Tanner Kichler, David Dellaserra, and Thomas Cortese combined to close out the final 3.1 innings. Portland starting pitcher Matt McCallister (1-4) was tagged for eight runs in four-plus innings in the loss.
Saint Mary’s equaled its longest win streak of the season at three games. The Gaels will go for four in a row on the road in non-conference play on Tuesday, April 23, against Sacramento State. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.