Feb. 28, 2006
Stockton, CA- With two outs in the fifth and Saint Mary's senior hurler Corey Madden cruising, the Pacific Tigers (10-4) found a way to put up four runs in the inning to defeat the Gaels 4-1 Tuesday night from the Stockton Ballpark. Madden struck out a career-high 10 and the Gaels out-hit the Tigers 9-5 in the losing effort. After the loss, SMC drops to 6-7 on the season.
After four innings of scoreless baseball, Saint Mary's broke the silence in the top of the fifth when senior Orben Frederick (3-for-5) drove in Adam Hicks on a single to right field. Hicks reached on a fielder's choice.
The Tigers answered right back and put a stop to Madden's gem. With two outs in the inning, Pacific started to chip away and benefited from a tough error to eventually do all its scoring with four in the bottom half.
Pacific came alive when Brett Manning was hit by a pitch with one out to start the Pacific rally. One out later, Clint Eastman dropped a perfect bunt single down the third base line to put runners at first and second. A walk to senior Dale Hall loaded the bases.
Adam Ching proptly lined an infield single of the glove of Madden to tie the game at one. Senior Anthony Jackson followed with an RBI single past third to make it 2-1. The Tigers added two runs on a blown popup to claim a 4-1 lead, one they would not relinquish.
Madden (1-1) took the tough loss after tossing six innings while allowing two earned runs on five hits. Luke Massetti (2-1) earned the victory after throwing five innings while scattering six hits and one run with three strikeouts. Curtis Pasma came in to earn his third save on the year.
Saint Mary's sophomore catcher Ian Gordon also added a multi-hit game for the Gaels with a 2-for-4 night from the plate.
Saint Mary's will return to action and look to add onto its 5-2 home record when it hosts a three-game set against Georgetown. Saturday, March 4 at 11 a.m. will mark the first game of a doubleheader against the Hoyas. The Gaels will close the series on Sunday, March 5 at Noon. All three games will be played at Louis Guisto Field.