Feb. 20, 2007
Reno, NV- Saint Mary's banged out 15 hits and plated 13 runs to cruise past Nevada 13-4 Tuesday afternoon from Peccole Park. The Gaels used a nine-run fifth inning to secure the victory. With the win, SMC improves to 7-8 on the season while UNR drops to 4-9.
A nine-run top of the fifth inning by SMC put the game out of reach. The first seven Gael hitters of the inning reached base and scored in the big inning. In total, 13 hitters came to the plate in the inning.
Sophomore Joel Staples hit a two-run double while freshmen Kyle Jensen and Randy Wells both knocked in a pair during the frame.SMC got a solo home run from Ryan Young in the top of the seventh inning and added three more runs in the top of the ninth inning to make the final score 13-4.
The home run marks a career-first for the sophomore. Staples added the big hit once again in the ninth with a triple to left field that scored two. Staples finished the game with four hits, four RBI and two runs scored.
Wells collected three hits with two RBI and two runs scored. Jensen added two hits with two RBI while Cory Miller also rapped out two hits with two runs and a RBI.
Wolf Pack starter Ben Colton (0-1) took the loss allowing five runs on six hits in four innings on the mound. Anthony Alliotti (2-1) got the win pitching five innings of three run ball for the Gaels. Michael Nisco (1) pitched the final four innings to earn his first save of the season.
Nevada scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning on two hits to go in front 2-0. Second baseman David Ciarlo doubled in center fielder Jason Sadoian with the first run and later scored when first baseman Shaun Kort reached on an error. Kort was credited with sacrifice fly despite the left fielder dropping the ball on the play.
The Wolf Pack got a solo home run from shortstop Owen Mackedon in the bottom of the fifth inning. In the bottom of the sixth inning back-to-back doubles by right fielder Terry Walsh and left fielder Mike Hale scored Nevada's fourth and final run of the game.
Saint Mary's will continue its week with three games in the River City Classic. The Gaels will open classic play against defending national champions Oregon State on Saturday, February 24 at 10 a.m. from Hornet Field.