March 17, 2007
Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team moved its unbeaten streak to 13 straight with two more wins Saturday afternoon. The Gaels swept the Thunderbirds in a doubleheader by the scores of 9-4 and 4-3. With the two victories the Gaels improve to 15-8-1 overall.
The Gaels plated four runs in the first three frames and added two in the sixth and three in the eighth to run away from Southern Utah.
Freshman Brandon Berl improved to 2-2 on the season after allowing three earned in seven innings. The newcomer fanned 10 and only walked one en route to the win.
Alex Jensen pitched the rest of the way for the Gaels. The junior college transfer allowed one run and struck out one in two innings.
Mac Nelson was tagged with the loss after allowing five earned in seven innings. Kyle Melling allowed three runs in one innings of relief.
Joel Staples started things off with a bang as he tallied his third home run on the season in the first inning. Staples took a Derek Job pitch over the left-center field wall to give the Gaels an early 2-0 lead.
SMC would add two more in the fifth to take a 4-0 lead. After Eric Cattoni and Cory Miller completed the double steal, freshman Randy Wells drove in Miller on a sac-fly to right. Anthony Aliotti then doubled to bring home Cattoni.
Aliotti got the job done on the hill as well. The freshman southpaw struck out six batters in the first two innings to end up with nine on the afternoon. Aliotti allowed one run and walked two in 5.2 innings.
The Thunderbirds crawled back and made it a ballgame when they plated a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh. Senior Michael Nisco came in to close the door for the Gaels.Nisco recorded his second save after taking over for Scott Schneider. Nisco struck out three and allowed one hit in two innings of relief.
Saint Mary's will look for the series sweep tomorrow in the fourth and final contest. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.