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Extra Inning Heroics Extends Unbeaten Streak to 14

March 18, 2007

Box Score

Moraga, CA- In a game that was dictated by the long ball it was small ball that eventually won the game. With the bases loaded freshman Randy Wells hit a single up the middle to plate Brian Hawkins for the game-winner Sunday afternoon. With the 9-8 victory, the Gaels extend their unbeaten streak to 14. After the series sweep against SUU, SMC improves to 16-8-1 on the season.

After the Thunderbirds rallied and scored two runs to tie the score at eight in the ninth, the Gaels roared back to grab their sixth straight win.

Two straight walks to J.P. Musgrove and Cory Miller opened the 10th for SMC. Senior Eric Cattoni laid down a sac-bunt that was mishandled by SUU pitcher Kyle Melling to load the bases.

With Hawkins pinch-running for Musgrove, Wells came through with a single up the middle to record the game-winning RBI.

A single may have ended the game but it was the long ball that made the series finale. Six home runs left Louis Guisto Field with three off a SMC bat.

Two of the three Saint Mary's home runs came in a timely fashion. Down 5-3 in the sixth, freshman Ryan Mulligan blasted his first career home run with a shot over the right field wall.

Sophomore Joel Staples then handed the Gaels an 8-5 lead after a three-run bomb over the left field fence. In the fourth inning, Staples connected on his first round-tripper of the game with a shot over the left-center wall. Staples has a single-season best five home runs on the season to lead SMC.

Staples led the Gaels with three hits and five RBI. Mulligan batted 2-for-3 with two runs and a RBI. Anthony Aliotti and Wells tallied two hits a piece for SMC.

Bucky Aona paced Southern Utah with two hits and three RBI including a home run. Jacob Romney and Robert Sandstrom tallied two hits and a home run a piece while Chester Wilson batted 2-for-3 with a RBI.

SMC reliever Scott Schneider (3-1) tallied the victory after striking out all three batters he faced in the 10th inning. Melling was tagged with the loss after allowing one run and four walks in two innings.

Saint Mary's will play its lone game of the week at Nevada on Tuesday, March 20. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. from Peccole Park.