– The Saint Mary’s baseball team made it a memorable Senior Day with a 7-6 victory in walk-off fashion on Sunday afternoon at Louis Guisto Field.
After surrendering two runs to USD in the top of the ninth to see the Toreros tie it, Ricky Boas lined a single past the drawn in left side of the infield to score the walk-off run.
With the win, Saint Mary’s improves to 18-29, 9-9 West Coast Conference, while San Diego drops to 28-20, 12-9 WCC.
In the SMC ninth, Anthony Villa led off with a double to the right center gap and Darian Ramage layed down a perfect bunt down the third base line that stayed fair and resulted in a hit. With runners on the corners and no outs, USD recorded the first out of the inning but could not retire Boas. Boas then lined a hard ground ball past the drawn in third baseman and shortstop to drive in the pinch runner Anthony Gonsolin from third base for the RBI.
Boas finished the day going 2-for-4 with two RBI and a triple.
Brenden Kalfus extended his hitting streak, tying a WCC record, hitting safely in his 29th consecutive game. Kalfus lined a single through USD’s second baseman in the 7th inning to record the hit.
Kelsey Outram (2-6) recorded the win after pitching the final two frames for the Gaels. Starter Ryan Brockett pitched well, going 7.0 innings, allowing seven hits, four runs, two walks and four strikeouts.
The loss went to USD’s Louie Lechich (1-3) who gave up the hits to the first two SMC hitters in the ninth.
Saint Mary’s had 10 hits on the afternoon, including two by senior Cole Norton. Norton finished the day at 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Villa and Boas also had multi-hit games.
Before first pitch, the eight SMC seniors playing their final home WCC game at Louis Guisto Field were honored. Shawn O’Brien, Patrick Keane, Norton, Kalfus, Outram, Riley Heinzer, Mark Anderson and Markus Melgosa accounted for the seniors.
Saint Mary’s is back in action on Tuesday when it travels to Nevada for a 3:00 p.m. first pitch.