Bowden Throws Complete Game in Baseball's 5-4 Win Over Hornets
Bryan Byrne Hits First Two Dingers of Collegiate Career in Victory
Feb. 22, 2003
Moraga, CA - Eric Bowden threw a complete game and Bryan Byrne had two homeruns to lead the Saint Mary's baseball team to a 5-4 victory over Sacramento State on Saturday from Louis Guisto Field in Moraga, CA. With the win, Saint Mary's improves to 3-7 overall and Sacramento State falls to 6-5 on the season.
Bowden tossed a complete game to earn his first victory of the season, and improves to 1-2 on the season. Sacramento State scored all four runs in the top of the fifth inning, which included four of the Hornets' seven hits. Bowden recorded six strikeouts and allowed no walks.
Byrne supplied the offense for the Gaels as he finished the day 2-for-3 with two homeruns and three RBI. The two dingers by the freshman are the first of his career. Mike Sansoe was 2-for-2 with a run scored and a double and Gilbert Gil was 2-for-4 from his leadoff spot.
After three scoreless innings, Saint Mary's scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. After James Gaulke singled to open the inning, third baseman Bryan Burne stroked a one-out, two-run homerun to right field off Hornet losing pitcher Chris Kinsey, for a 2-0 Gael lead.
Sacramento State answered with a four-run fifth inning. The first two runs of the inning came off RBI singles from Brian Blauser and Tim Reimer. With Reimer standing on first, Cliff Hinkle hit an opposite field homerun to give Sacramento State a 4-2 lead. The Gaels answered with one run in the bottom half of the inning when Adam Bellows singled home Mike Harris, who drew a walk to lead off the inning for SMC.
Saint Mary's evened the score at 4-4 when Byrne tagged an opposite field homerun, his second homer of the game, to lead off the sixth inning. SMC regained its lead at 5-4 following an Adam Bellows sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning that plated Sansoe from third base. The sac fly by Bellows would stand as the game-winning run for the Gaels.
For the Hornets offensively they were led by second baseman Cliff Hinkle as he finished with two hits in four at-bat, including his first homerun of the season. Kinsey would see his record fall to 1-2 on the season following the loss. Kinsey pitched seven innings, gave up five earned runs, allowed eight hits and struck out two batters.
Saint Mary's and Sacramento State will conclude the three-game series on Sunday, February 23. First pitch is schedule for 1:00 PM at Hornet Field in Sacramento, CA.
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