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Power Pitching, Power Hitting Lifts Gaels to Doubleheader Sweep

March 4, 2006

Box Score

Moraga, CA- The combination of stellar pitching and power hitting enabled the Saint Mary's baseball team to sweep the Georgetown Hoyas in a doubleheader Saturday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. Senior Joel Fountain pitched a gem in game one, leading the Gaels to a 2-0 victory while in game two, SMC erupted for nine runs in a 9-1 rout. After the day, Saint Mary's improves to 8-7 while Georgetown falls to 6-5.

Game One

Saint Mary's senior hurler Joel Fountain (2-1) had arguably his best performance in a Gaels uniform Saturday when he threw a complete game, one-hitter to lead SMC to a 2-0 victory. Fountain stymied a hot GU lineup by striking out a career high 10 batters.

The 10 strikeouts mark the second time in as many games that the Gaels have had their starter reach double-digits in Ks. Senior Corey Madden fanned 10 against Pacific last Tuesday night.

After the second inning, Fountain was untouchable as he did not allow a hit the rest of the way. The lone hit came on a groundball up the middle by Drew Dargen.

While Fountain was supplying the power from the mound, the Gaels hitters also showcased some power of their own.

In the bottom of the second, senior Sam Carter broke the silence with a loud home run over the left-centerfield wall. The solo shot marks his third dinger on the year.

Sophomore catcher Ian Gordon continued to stay hot for the Gaels. The backstop drilled his first roundtripper on the year when he connected on a solo shot in the eighth. Gordon finished the game 2-for-3 from the plate with a RBI and run scored.

Michael Gaggioli pitched well for the Hoyas, going eight innings while allowing two runs on six hits. Gaggioli added eight strikeouts and walked one.

Senior Orben Frederick also tallied a multi-hit game for the Gaels, batting 2-for-3 on the game.

Game Two

After a pitching dual in game one, SMC opened the flood gates and erupted for nine runs including a five run first in game two. Junior Eric Cattoni was able to start the scoring on a Grady McConnel wild pitch. Cattoni drew a walk and then stole second and third.

Carter then added to his big day with an RBI double to left-center that scored Frederick. The Gaels continued to put pressure on the Hoyas on the basepaths. Senior Delaney Gallagher, who reached on a walk, stole second which enabled Carter to score on the throw from second base.

Senior Mike Harris then drove in Gallagher on a single to left-center. Freshman Ryan Young then capped off the inning with an RBI on a fielder's choice.

In the sixth, the Hoyas were able to score their lone run of the day. Dargen again came through, this time with a single through the left side that scored Derek Degrijs.

SMC would then answer back and then some. The Gaels tacked on four more in the bottom half to cap off their day. Cattoni this time did the damage from the plate with an RBI double down the right field line that scored Harris. Carter continued to stay hot with another clutch hit, driving in Cattoni on a single through the left side. Senior Preston Young then drilled a double to right-center that brought in Frederick and Carter.

Senior Dan Lewis continued to shine from the mound, earning his third victory on the season. Lewis allowed one run and scattered five hits while striking out four in 5 2/3 innings. Junior Justin Sloan pitched 2 1/3 of hitless relief while junior Chris Duke closed the door with a perfect ninth.

Saint Mary's will return to action tomorrow to close out its three-game series against Georgetown. First pitch is scheduled for Noon from Louis Guisto Field.