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Baseball Topples No. 9 Oregon State 4-1

Feb. 24, 2007

Box Score

Sacramento, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team opened River City Classic play in impressive fashion as the Gaels downed 9th-ranked Oregon State 4-1 Saturday morning from Hornet Field. In game two the Gaels completed the sweep with a 14-4 victory over host Sacramento State. After the day the Gaels improve to 9-8 on the year and sport a six-game winning streak.

Game 1

The Gaels pushed across the decisive runs on four singles in the top of the seventh inning. SMC out-hit the Beavers 11-9 in the contest.

Oregon State had taken a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning after Darwin Barney and Joey Wong both singled through the right side to begin the inning, with Wong's single sending Barney to third. With one out, Mike Lissman sliced a sacrifice fly to right and Barney scored to make it 1-0; Jordan Lennerton then walked and Jason Ogata came up with an infield single to load the bases with two out but the Beavers couldn't push another run across against Gael righthander Sean Gleason.

Saint Mary's tied the game 1-1 in the top of the fifth when Eric Cattoni doubled just inside the rightfield line with one out, advanced to third on a fly ball, and scored on Joel Staples' single to right-center with two out against OSU lefthander Joe Paterson.

The Gaels' rally in the top of the seventh began when Cattoni led off with an infield single against OSU reliever Greg Keim, then took third as Randy Wells chopped a single over the left side of the infield. Staples' sacrifice fly scored Cattoni to make it 2-1, then a groundout moved Wells to second with two away.

OSU turned to lefthander Blake Keitzman, and Anthony Aliotti got an infield single on a grounder to short to put runners at first and third. A wild pitch scored Wells to make it 3-1 and moved Aliotti to second; Ian Gordon then blooped a single into left-center between three Beavers to score Aliotti for the 4-1 lead.

Oregon State never brought the tying run to the plate against SMC reliever Taylor Stanton in the final three innings.

Paterson got a no decision in the start, working 5 2/3 innings and allowing one run on six hits and three walks while matching his season-high for strikeouts with seven. Saint Mary's managed to put two runners aboard in each of the first two innings, but Paterson worked his way out of trouble each time.

Keim took the loss to fall to 1-1 this season, working one inning and allowing two runs on two hits and no walks while striking out one. Keitzman finished the game with 2 1/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits and no walks while striking out two.

Gleason improved to 2-1 for SMC, allowing the one OSU run on eight hits and two walks while striking out three in his six innings. Stanton picked up his third save of the season, allowing one hit and no walks while striking out four.

Four Gaels recorded multiple hits against the defending national champs. Cattoni batted 2-for-4 with two runs scored while Wells followed with a 2-for-5 effort with a run scored. Michael Gonzales and Ryan Young both rapped out two hits a piece. Barney was 3-for-5 with a double for the Beavers, while Lennerton was 2-for-3 and Wong was 2-for-4.

Game 2

Saint Mary's exploded four 14 runs and smashed four home runs to race past Sacramento State 14-4 in the late game of the River City Classic. SMC banged out 18 hits with junior J.P. Musgrove batting a perfect 4-for-4 on the afternoon.

The Gaels were down early 3-1 but then amassed seven runs in the sixth and three more in the ninth to earn the big victory.

SMC recorded seven runs on seven hits in the sixth. The Gaels tallied two home runs in the frame while newcomer Kyle Jensen began the inning with a lead-off triple.

Seven Gaels tallied multi-hit games with Musgrove leading the way. Musgrove tallied his first home run on the season while driving in four runs. Sophomore Joel Stapled batted 2-for-6 with three RBI and a home run while Eric Cattoni smacked a home run and added three hits and a stolen base.

Freshman Michael Gonzales got things going on Saturday, belting his first career home run. The 6-6 newcomer batted 2-for-6. Anthony Aliotti batted 2-for-4 with two RBI while Ryan Young also added two hits and two RBI.

Freshman Scott Schneider earned the victory in long relief after taking over for SMC starter Brandon Berl in the third inning. Schneider tossed 4 2/3 innings and allowed one run on five hits with three strikeouts.

Jeff Hannah paced the Hornets with three hits and one RBI. Tim Wheeler batted 2-for-5 with a run scored. Trevor York was tagged with the loss after giving up six runs on nine hits in five innings.