March 19, 2006
Henderson, NV- In a series that ended up producing 67 runs, the Saint Mary's baseball team wound up on the short end of a 13-12 decision against Southern Utah Sunday afternoon from Morse Stadium on the Southern Nevada College campus. Senior Preston Young belted his third home run of the series while sophomore Ian Gordon added his second on the year. After the loss, SMC drops to 12-10 on the season.
The Gaels again jumped all over the T-Birds but were unable to hold on. SMC took an 11-3 advantage but squandered the lead by allowing SUU to score 10 times in the final four innings.
After the T-Birds took the early 1-0 lead, the Gaels amassed five runs in the top of the second in large part to four errors. Junior Eric Cattoni and senior Sam Carter both tallied doubles in the inning.
In the fourth, the Gaels were able to add to the lead when Gordon smashed his second home run on the season over the left field wall.
The next three innings saw SMC plate six more runs. In the sixth, Young struck again for the third time in the series, belting a three-run shot near the right field foul pole. Senior Orben Frederick and Cattoni came in on the home run.
After SMC added one more in the seventh on a balk that scored senior Mike Harris, the T-Birds began their comeback by cutting the SMC lead to three. SUU then tallied four runs in the final two innings to pull out the series victory in the barnburner.
Offensively the Gaels were led by Young's 3-for-4, three RBI effort. The home run marks his seventh on the year which gives the senior 22 for his career, moving him into sole possession of third place in the career annals.
Carter and Gordon each added 2-for-5 performances from the plate. Carter chipped in two RBIs while Gordon accounted for one.
Saint Mary's will return to the friendly confines of Louis Guisto Field for a four game home stand. SMC opens its week on Tuesday, March 21 against Pacific at 2 p.m.