RENO, Nev. — Dylan Linton led Saint Mary’s (9-12) on the day with five hits and four runs, but the Gaels dropped two contests on the second day of the Nevada Classic on Saturday, March 11.
SMC will wrap up the classic with a single game on Sunday versus host Nevada at 10 a.m. PT.
Utah Valley 8, Saint Mary’s 7
In an offensive burst, the Gaels jumped out to an early 2-0 lead at the top of the first inning. With Linton sitting on second, Cara DiMercurio singled through the gap, driving in Linton home for the team’s first run. First year player Hannah Chew then doubled to center field to bring home DiMercurio for the lead.
Utah Valley would bounce back with a fury, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning.
The Gaels would answer back with a fury, scoring five runs in the top of the second. After a wild pitch brought home Halle Sullivan, and with runners on second and third, Nikki Alexander singled to shortstop to bring home Abbey Mariani. The top of the Gaels lineup would then continue to do damage, stringing together four hits to take the 7-2 lead.
Utah Valley would unfortunately score two more in the bottom of the third, and clinch the game with its eighth run in the bottom of the seventh off an earlier error for the narrow win.
Nevada 7, Saint Mary’s 3
In the first match against the Wolf Pack, the Gaels again got themselves off the right foot, scoring two in the first frame. After leadoff hits from Alexander and Linton, Hailey Sparacino drove a double to left field to score in the two runs for SMC.
Saint Mary’s would unfortunately get cold offensively, as Nevada batted in four runs in the bottom of the second inning.
With three more in the bottom of the fourth for the 7-2 lead, Saint Mary’s was down to its last three outs to try and make the comeback. With two outs, Sparacino delivered again for the Gaels with a double and RBI to trim the deficit, 7-3. DiMercurio would then fly out for the final out of the game.
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