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Baseball Knots Series At One With 5-4 Victory

March 25, 2006

Box Score

Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team evened the series at one with a 5-4 victory over Utah Saturday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. Senior Sam Carter was perfect from the plate and Corey Madden was superb on the mound, fanning 10 in his second consecutive start. The Gaels dropped game one by the score of 14-7. After the day, SMC moves to 13-11 on the season.

Give Madden six innings to work with and he'll strike out 10 or more. Saturday was no different as the senior hurler fanned a double-digit amount for the second consecutive time. Madden held the Utes to a measly three hits and only walked two in six innings. Madden struck out 11 in his last outing against Southern Utah.

Carter continued to stay red-hot as he hit a perfect 3-for-3 on the day. The senior belted his sixth home run on the year and added a double and two runs scored en route to the victory.

The Gaels took a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when sophomore catcher Ian Gordon drove in senior Delaney Gallagher on a sac-fly to left field. Gallagher started the inning with a double to right-center, and then advanced to third on a Joel Staples groundout. SMC would add one more in the fourth to take a 2-0 advantage. Senior Mike Harris came through on a pinch-hit opportunity, driving in Gallagher who led off the inning with a walk.

In the fifth the Gaels would plate two more. Staples ripped a single to right to bring in Carter from second. Gordon then drilled a double to the right-center field wall to bring Staples home from first.

SMC finished its scoring output in the seventh when Carter nailed a prodigious blast over the right-center field wall for a solo-shot.



Utah was able to make it a game by moving within one with a runner on third in the ninth. SMC reliever Michael Nisco was able to thwart the rally and closed the door for the save.

The Utes scored twice in the eighth and added two more in the ninth. In the eighth, Utah plated its first run when Tyler Kmetco singled up the middle to bring in Ryan Khoury. The Utes added their second run in the frame on a John Welsh single to left that brought in Kmetco.

In the ninth, Kmetco was again in the thick of things, adding a single through the left side that brought in Joe Mozeleski. Bret Baldwin added a single up the middle that drove in Khoury from third.

Gordon led the Gaels with two RBIs, batting 1-for-2 in the game. Staples added a 2-for-4 day with an RBI and run scored, while Gallagher batted 1-for-3 with two runs scored.

- Game One -

In a game that spanned two days, the Utes were able to take the series opener by the score of 14-7.

Utah first baseman Jay Brossman had a big day for the Utes. He finished 3-for-5 at the plate, belted two home runs, scored three runs and tallied four RBIs. Shortstop Ryan Khoury was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three runs driven in for Utah. Meanwhile, Joe Mozeleski also rapped out three hits, scoring two and notched two RBIs.

Sophomore pitcher Rory James (1-0) picked up his first victory in relief. James tossed 3 1/3 innings, allowing four runs, while striking out five and walking just one.

Both teams scored three runs in the first inning Friday. Brossman blasted a three-run home run to right-center field for Utah. SMC tied it in the bottom of the first off Utah starter Josh Cooper. The Utes quickly regained the lead in the second inning, 5-3, when second baseman Bret Baldwin ripped a two-out, two-run single to right field.

Utah increased its lead with a single run in the third, holding a 6-3 lead in the fourth when rain halted play. Utah quickly went to work on Gaels reliever Ian Farmer when play resumed on Saturday. The Utes took a 10-3 lead in the fifth behind an RBI single from right fielder Joe Mozeleski and a two-run double down the left-field line off the bat of Khoury.

The Gaels got those four runs back in the bottom of the fifth off James. The big blow in the inning was a three-run, bases-loaded double from Sam Carter. That pulled the Gaels within three again, 10-7.

Utah got a solo home run to right field from Brossman in the sixth to make it 11-7. The Utes added two more in the eighth when Baldwin and Mozeleski chased teammates home. Khoury capped off the scoring in the ninth with an RBI double to right field.

Carter did much of the damage at the plate for SMC. He was 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Joel Fountain (4-2), Friday's starter for the Gaels, was saddled with the loss. He allowed six runs in four innings of work.

The Gaels will look to take the series in the runner match of the three game series tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.

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