March 11, 2006
Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team earned its fifth straight victory with a 5-2 win over Northern Illinois Saturday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. Senior Preston Young paced the Gaels at the plate while senior Corey Madden continued to blow past opposing hitters from mound. With the win, SMC improves to 11-7 on the season and 10-2 at home.
Coming off a 10 strikeout performance in a loss to Pacific, Madden this time was rewarded for his stellar outing. The senior earned the victory after fanning eight and scattering five hits in 6 2/3 innings. Junior Michael Nisco tallied his first save of the season.
The Gaels once again jumped out to an early lead. Junior Eric Cattoni led off the game with a walk and promptly stole second. After an Orben Frederick groundout, senior Sam Carter singled up the middle to bring in Cattoni.
Young then drilled a single through the right side to advance Carter to third. Senior Delaney Gallagher followed with a sac-fly to right field to bring in Carter.
In the sixth, SMC would add all the runs they would need with a three-run inning. Young started the inning with a single down the right field line. Gallagher followed suit with a single of his own, advancing Young to third.
Pinch-hitter Jake Sanders then came through with a suicide-squeeze to bring in Young on a perfectly executed bunt. Sophomore Ian Gordon then brought in Gallagher and nearly himself on a blast that was within one-inch of clearing the left-center field wall. Senior Adam Hicks quickly followed with a double of his own to bring Gordon in.
NIU would make it a game when it put two on the board in the eighth. Designated hitter Brian Smith belted a two-run shot off Allan Lobban to right field, driving in Brian Toner on the home run.
Young led all hitters with a 3-for-4 day and a run scored. Gallagher added a 2-for-3 performance with an RBI and run scored while Carter, Sanders, Gordon and Hicks each tallied an RBI for the Gaels.
Smith paced the Huskies with a 2-for-4 day at the plate with two RBIs and a run scored. Toner batted 1-for-4 with a run scored.
Saint Mary's will close out the three-game set against Northern Illinois tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.