LAS VEGAS — The offense continued to roll Sunday for the Saint Mary’s baseball team with five players getting multiple hits in a 16-hit barrage that led the Gaels to a 9-3 win over Nebraska Omaha on the final day of the UNLV Classic at Wilson Stadium.
The Gaels (2-0) also had 10 hits in Friday’s Opening Day win over UC Davis. Saint Mary’s finished the UNLV Classic with 15 runs on 26 hits and a 2-0 record after Saturday’s game was rained out. Seven players had multi-hit games over the weekend with six players getting hits in both games.
The Gaels now return to Moraga for their 2017 home opener at 2 p.m. Thursday. Saint Mary’s welcomes 2016 NCAA Regional participant Washington for a four-game series that runs through Sunday. Tickets are available for purchase on SMCGaels.com or by calling the SMC Ticket Office at (925) 631-GoTx.
Charles Zaloumis got the Gaels on the board first for the second straight game with an RBI single in the second inning. A four-run fifth broke it open for SMC, making it 5-0. Zach Kirtley (3 for 4) got his second double of the game to drive in two and Edward Haus drove in Zaloumis with an RBI single. Haus had his second multi-hit and multi-RBI performance in as many games from the No. 2 spot in the order. He went 2 for 4 with two RBIs Sunday after getting two hits and driving in three in Friday’s season opener.
SMC’s 1-2-3 hitters of Joey Fiske, Haus and Kirtley went a combined 8 for 13 with five RBIs, three runs scored and two doubles (both Kirtley’s). Brett Rasso went 3 for 5 with an RBI, run scored and stolen base. The Gaels also got their first home run of 2017, a solo shot from freshman Kevin Milam in the top of the ninth to make it 9-3.
It wasn’t all power offense for Saint Mary’s on Sunday. The Gaels stole three bases (Rasso, Joe Vranesh, Zaloumis) and had a sacrifice fly from Jackson Thoreson in that four-run fifth. Pitching also was sound, as Johnny York (1-0) earned the starting staff’s first win with 5 2/3 innings and two strikeouts. Jake Valdez made his first appearance since 2015, throwing two shutout, no-hit innings to finish the game.
SUPPORT THE GAELS
A gift to the Gael Athletic Fund directly benefits Saint Mary's student-athletes, allowing them the opportunity to attain an education guided by our Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions. Click the link for more information.
FOLLOW THE GAELS
@SMCGaels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) SMC_Gaels (Snapchat)