Feb. 9, 2007
Baton Rouge, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team rallied from four down to make it a game at 4-3 going into the ninth but the Gaels were unable to get over the hump in the 2007 opener for LSU. The Tigers used a three-run first to pull ahead to secure the victory. After the day, the Gaels fall to 3-5 on the season.
Blake Dean opened the game with a three-run home run in the bottom of the first to do the majority of the damage.
Saint Mary's starter Sean Gleason kept his composure after the opposite field home run and held LSU in check until the fifth when the Tigers plated a run on a fielder's choice.
The Gaels got on the board in the top of the seventh when freshman Randy Wells smacked a triple to right-center to score senior Eric Cattoni. Cattoni reached based after getting hit by a Paul Bertuccini pitch.
SMC then climbed back into the contest like they have all season long to pull within one. The Gaels plated two in eighth to make the score 4-3. Freshman Kyle Jensen knocked in Michael Nieto on a hit up the middle. Pinch hitter Cory Miller plated Jensen on a throwing error by the second baseman.
Wells led the Gaels with a 3-for-5 effort from the plate with a RBI. Fellow newcomer Jensen batted 2-for-4 with a RBI and run scored. Sophomore Joel Stapled also tallied two hits in four at-bats.
The Tigers were led by Dean who batted 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored. Michael Hollander batted 2-for-3 with a run scored in the Tigers 2007 debut.
Highly touted transfer Charlie Furbush earned the victory after tossing 5.2 innings with five hits and seven strikeouts. Furbush fanned the first five Gaels he faced.
Gleason was tagged with loss after allowing four runs on six hits while striking out five. Junior Alex Jensen pitched two perfect innings of relief.
Saint Mary's will continue its three-game set against LSU on Saturday, February 10 at 12 p.m. CT from Alex Box Stadium.