Feb. 10, 2007
Baton Rouge, LA- Down 7-1 heading into the eighth inning the young Saint Mary's baseball team would not quite as it plated five runs in the final two frames to pull within one. It was not enough though as LSU squeaked out another one-run victory (7-6) over SMC. After the day, the Gaels move to 3-6 overall while the Tigers improve to 2-0.
The Gaels and the Tigers were even at one for the first part of the contest until LSU dropped five in the fourth to take a 6-1 lead.
The Tigers tacked on one more the next inning to expand the margin to 7-1. That is when the Saint Mary's bats came alive.
The Gaels erupted for two runs in the eighth and three more in the ninth to give the Tigers their second scare in as many days.
SMC pinch-hitter Ryan Young started off the rally with a double down the left field line in his first at-bat of the contest. The shot down the line scored sophomore Joel Staples who led off the inning with a walk.
Young then came around to score when Gilbert Urbina hit an infield single deep in the hole.
The Gaels continued to pour it on in the ninth. With two outs in the final frame the Gaels got to reliever Clay Dirks with three unearned runs.
After an Anthony Aliotti single, Staples brought Aliotti home on an error by the right fielder. Freshman Michael Cipolla then got Staples and Young on a throwing error by the third baseman. The Gaels had the tying run on second when the final out was recorded.
Freshman Brandon Berl was tagged with the loss after allowing seven runs but with only three earned as the Gaels committed three errors. Newcomers Scott Schneider and Kevin Brahney combined to pitch three perfect innings of relief.
Louis Coleman earned the victory for the Tigers after six hits and one run while fanning seven in six innings.
The Gaels once again out-hit the Tigers, this time by a 9-4 margin.
The two teams will play in the final game of the series tomorrow at 12 p.m. CT. from Alex Box Stadium.