Feb. 13, 2007
Davis, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team surrendered six runs in the first two frames to fall to the UC Davis Aggies 6-3 Tuesday afternoon from Dobbins Stadium. The loss marks the fourth straight as SMC drops to 3-8 on the season. UC Davis improves to 1-4 on the year.
Saint Mary's bullpen ace Scott Schneider got the start and was tagged for six runs, allowing four in the first and two more in the second.
The Gaels bullpen continued to shine as they shut down the Aggies for the rest of the afternoon.
The Gaels added one more in the fifth and another in the sixth. Senior Eric Cattoni was brought home after Randy Wells knocked a single to left and crossed the plate after an error by the third baseman.
In the sixth, junior backstop Ian Gordon rushed home on a wild pitch by Davis starter Brad McAtee. Gordon reached base on a single up the middle.
McAtee earned the win by pitching eight solid innings in which he allowed only one earned run and struck out a season-high eight batters. Justin Fitzgerald earned his first save as he struck out a batter in a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
SMC sophomore Joel Staples led the Gaels at the plate with a 2-for-4 effort. Young tallied the lone RBI for the Gaels with a 1-for-4 day at the plate.
The Aggies, who scored all six runs in the first two innings of the game, jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first inning behind two-RBI singles from Brandon Oliver and Jacob Jefferies.
Grant Hirneise upped the Aggie lead to 6-1 in the bottom half of the second inning as he singled home two more runs.
Saint Mary's will return home for a three-game series against Utah Valley State. The series opener will begin on Friday, February 16 at 2 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.