March 17, 2006
Henderson, NV- Saint Mary's senior outfielder's Sam Carter and Preston Young both belted two home runs each to lead the Gaels to a 13-10 victory over the Southern Utah Thunderbirds Friday night from the Community College of Southern Nevada campus. Senior Joel Fountain (4-1) earned his fourth straight victory with another 10 strikeout performance. With the win, SMC improves to 12-8 on the year.
The Gaels wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as Carter cashed in a pair of lead-off walks with a three-run homer to centerfield off of SUU starter Kasey Hubbard in the top of the first.
In the third the Gaels would add two more when senior Delaney Gallagher joined the act with a RBI single that scored Orben Frederick. Freshman Joel Staples followed with a triple that brought in Gallagher from first.
Again Saint Mary's kept pouring it on with two more in the fifth to make the score 7-3. After a leadoff single by Carter, Young belted a prodigious blast down the right field line, marking his first round-tripper of the contest.
SMC would break the game open in the seventh, scoring four times, including another Young two-run homer and a Joel Staples RBI-triple, his second of the game, to extend the lead to 11-5. Carter then padded the lead with a two-run shot to centerfield to give SMC an eight-run cushion.
Southern Utah would not go quietly as the T-Bird bats erupted for five runs in the ninth, beginning with a lead-off, pinch-hit home run off the bat of Levi Swenson. Amos Burgess added his first homer of the year to pull SUU to within 13-9. After another T-Bird run, Gael reliever Justin Sloan ended the threat by inducing a flyout to squash the rally.
The middle of the Saint Mary's lineup provided the punch for the Gaels as the three-through-six hitters accounted for 10 of 13 hits. Carter led the way for SMC with a 3-for-4, five RBI night. The two home runs and five RBIs along with four runs scored was a career high for the senior.
Young added a stellar night as well, batting 3-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored. The two home runs mark a single game high and the six home runs ties his single season high. For his career, the senior moved into a tie for third with Curt Cannedy in the career annals with 21 home runs.
Gallagher and staples each added multi-hit games with Staples driving in two on two triples.
Fountain tied his career high set earlier this season with 10 strikeouts. The senior allowed five hits and three earned while only walking one in six innings of work.
The win marks the first on the road for the Gaels this season. SMC looks to make it two in a row when the two teams continue the series Saturday at 2:00 p.m. (PST), at Foothill High School.