MORAGA, Calif. – The Saint Mary’s baseball team was firing on all cylinders in a 16-2 victory over Santa Clara on Saturday afternoon at Louis Guisto Field. The Gaels had 22 hits as every starter had a hit in the game.
With the win, Saint Mary’s improves to 16-26, 7-7 West Coast Conference, while Santa Clara drops to 10-30, 0-17 WCC.
A total of 11 Gaels had hits and six starters had multi-hit games. The Gaels scored in every inning but the first and seventh. Brenden Kalfus led the way with four hits, extending his hitting streak to 24 games.
Anthony Villa and Shawn O’Brien each had three hit games, while Markus Melgosa, Villa, O’Brien, Darian Ramage, Riley Heinzer and Cole Norton had multi-RBI games.
Jordan Mills (4-3) earned the win going 5.2 innings, allowing seven hits and two runs, just one earned run. Mills struck out five and threw 101 pitches.
Kelsey Outram, David Dellaserra and Thomas Cortese each tossed scoreless innings.
The loss went to Mike Couch (3-7) who exited the game in the third inning.
Saint Mary’s batted-around in three innings, including the third, fifth and eighth. SMC got things started in the second inning as Ramage and Heinzer had back-to-back triples. SMC scored four times in the second and added three more runs in the third for an early 7-0 lead.
Unlike yesterday when the Gaels scored eight runs in the third and finished the game with eight runs, Saint Mary’s continued to get hits and score runs throughout the afternoon.
In the eighth inning, Norton became the first Gael other than Ferguson and O’Brien to hit a home run. He drove the ball just to the right of the scoreboard, over the fence for the two-run home run.
Saint Mary’s is back in action on Sunday against Santa Clara with the first pitch slated for 1:00 p.m.