March 3, 2007
Baseball Remains Unbeaten In Last Eight With A Win And TieGaels Pound Lions 12-1 In Game 1
Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team began its eight-game homestand with a convincing 12-1 victory over Columbia. The Gaels then played the Lions to a 3-3 tie in the second game of the doubleheader. After the day the Gaels improve to 10-8-1 overall and remain unbeaten in their last eight games.
The Gaels pounded out 18 hits en route to 12 runs to take the game in impressive fashion. On top of the strength of the Gaels hitting, junior Sean Gleason was just as good on the mound. The starter continued to shine as he scattered five hits and allowed an unearned run to record his third victory on the season. Gleason fanned eight and walked none in seven innings.
Freshman Michael Gonzales led the way with two hits and three RBI. Leadoff hitter Eric Cattoni supplied the punch with his second home run on the season. Cattoni rapped out two hits and tallied two RBI with three runs in five at-bats.
The Gaels scored two or more runs in four frames including a four-spot in the eighth inning. Saint Mary's scored two in the first inning.
Freshman Kevin Brahney recorded two perfect innings of relief with three strikeouts. Daniel Bajger tallied the loss for the Lions after allowing five runs on eight hits in three innings.
Ron Williams and Andrew Ward tallied two hits a piece for Columbia. Dan Neczypor knocked in the only run for the Lions.
The second game of the doubleheader proved to be a pitching dual. Brandon Berl had arguably his best outing of his career while Bill Purdy tossed nine innings for the Lions.
Columbia tallied an unearned run to begin the scoring in the fourth. Saint Mary's answered right back in the bottom of the fifth to even the score at one.
The Lions then took a short-lived lead with two runs in the seventh. The Gaels showed resolve and cut the lead to within one in the eighth. SMC then tied the scored in the bottom of the ninth when freshman Anthony Aliotti delivered the big two-out hit to plate Cory Miller from the third.
Purdy went nine strong innings for Columbia, allowing two earned runs on 11 hits while throwing well over 100 pitches. Berl tossed seven innings and fanned six with an unearned run on just four hits.
Craig Rodwogin and Jason Banos banged out four of the Lions' seven hits. Rodwogin added a RBI and run scored.
The two teams will sort things out tomorrow in another doubleheader. First pitch of the twin bill will begin at 11 a.m. from Louis Guisto Field.